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.
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.
- Listen to an interview about the Moving Kinship project with Beatrice Allegranti on: BBC Radio Surrrey & Sussex
- Currently, a new series of hubs for families affected by young onset dementia are supported by Surrey Arts and Dance 21.
- Watch short films and hear testimonials about Hubs at Alexandra Palace and Merton Arts Space
- Watch an interview with Rose, former Hub participant and carer for partner who lived with young onset dementia.
- Watch a short Dancer’s Portrait where Luke Birch talks about his experiences of dancing in the project
- Links to short films and testimonials about the Moving Kinship Hubs North London Hub and South West London Hub
- Watch the Moving Kinship Webinar Surrey Dance21 launch event
- Read a selection of testimonials about Moving Kinship
- Read about out how the film I Can’t Find Myself is used as a dementia resource in this feature article written for Therapy Today Magazine
- Read about Moving Kinship in collaboration with Bergen International Festival & Bergen Red Cross
- Watch #bellaciao a short film inspired by the work in the hubs and made during the first pandemic lockdown
- Read a short case study in the Multi-Species Dementia Blog
- During the pandemic some of our hubs have been online as micro-acts of activism
- Learn about the dance production that has grown from this project: I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing with a preview performance on 18th September 2021, Camberley Theatre.
- Read about the short film Moving with the Trouble that grew out of this project and tackles wider issues of loss, vulnerability, othering and care
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.
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.
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.
Arts Council England, Public Health; Alexandra Palace, Surrey Arts.
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.
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.