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MOVING KINSHIP Hubs

Moving Kinship creates dance with and for people from diverse communities

Supported by Arts Council England, Surrey Arts/Dance 21 and Public Health since 2016, the participatory project is led by Beatrice Allegranti Company and in partnership with ten public organisations and grass roots across the arts, health and science sectors.

 

 

Moving Kinship is a form of artistic activism underpinned by transdisciplinary feminist research that takes place in UK and international Hubs. The project involves creating bespoke live and digital performances for diverse audiences as a way of bearing witness to and engaging with, issues of loss, vulnerability, othering, care and hope, that chime with experiences of mental health inequalities, the COVID 19 global pandemic and our ecological crisis. To date, Beatrice Allegranti Company has worked with families affected by young onset dementia, LGBTQ+ communities, across NHS adult mental health services, with NHS clinicians, and with artists and scientists in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Japan. Through artistic collaboration, the project Moving Kinship creates dance with and for people from diverse communities.

 

Photo: Julia Testa

 

This is a free resource, supported by Arts Council England, Public Health and Surrey Arts and is part of the social prescribing portfolio in GP surgeries and NHS Trusts across the UK.

If you are interested in taking part in the project as an indvidual or would like to host a Moving Kinship Hub as an organisation email here for an information flyer.

 


Photo & Dancer: Rudzani Moleya
2Photo: Julia Testa
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The Moving Kinship methodology, has been developed as a rigorous creative process that involves creating dance with and for diverse audiences. The project draws from Beatrice Allegranti’s feminist practice and research by interrogating socio-culturally ubiquitous issues and taboos such as loss (of identity, language, memory, kinship, home), body ownership, self-other care and Othering.

 

Photo: Aidan Orange     Dancers: Aneta Zwierzynska and Marc Stevenson

 

When there are no words and the feelings are receding – this is a way of capturing an essence of what it is to have/be with fronto-temporal dementia.

Sarah, participant and carer for partner living with young onset dementia.

 

Photo: Julia Testa      Dancers: Maria Olga Palliani and Luke Birch

 

Funding

Arts Council England, Public Health; Alexandra Palace, Surrey Arts.

Partnerships

Alexandra Palace; Merton Arts Space; Merton Council; Public Health (Merton); Dementia Action Alliance; Dementia Pathfinders; St George’s NHS; Created Out of Mind at Wellcome; University of Roehampton; Bergen International Festival; Red Cross Bergen; University of Bergen; South West Yorkshire NHS; LGBTQ Music Study Group; Yorkshire Dance, Surrey Arts, Dance 21.

Publications

Research publications emerging from the Moving Kinship project:

Allegranti, B. (2019) ‘Moving Kinship: Between Choreography, Performance and the More-Than-Human’. In Prickett, S, and Thomas, H. The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies. London: Routledge.

Allegranti, B. (2020) ‘Dancing Activism: Choreographing the Material With/in Dementia. In Chaiklin, S. and Wengrower, H. Dance Movement Therapy and the Creative Process: International perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Allegranti, B. (2016) ‘Dementia and Embodied Psychotherapy. Therapy Today Magazine. BACP Publication. Cover story.