Beatrice Allegranti

Class Description | Morning Class | 23-27 March 2020

Beatrice’s classes invite dancers to engage with the tangling and simultaneity of autobiographical, relational, political and environmental material.

Throughout the week, the evolving focus will be on how as dancers, we can cultivate a more-than-human kinship not only with each other and wider ubiquitous themes but with the movement material itself. Through a combination of somatic, anatomical and developmental movement tasks, dreambody work, felt-sense improvisation including voice, imagery, musicality, writing and co-compositional play, the week of classes will investigate kinaesthetic ways of knowing in order to be curious about and arrive more congruently, into dancing.

Beatrice is influenced by the dance teachings of Rosie Lee, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark-Smith, Ian Spink, Deborah Hay, Susanne Lahusen and wider disciplinary learning with Marcia Leventhal (felt-sense/focusing movement), Tina Stromstead (Authentic Movement), Arnold Mindell (dreambody work), Karen Barad (Feminist New Materialism/Posthumanism), Ponciano Almeida (Capoeira), Edielson Da Silva Miranda (Capoeira).

The classes include live musical accompaniment with Robert Howat.

Biography

Beatrice Allegranti is a choreographer/director, UKCP registered dance movement psychotherapist and feminist writer and researcher and has an interdisciplinary PhD in choreography, feminisms and psychotherapy (2007). Working in/between the spaces of several disciplines for over 25 years, Beatrice has honed a teaching and choreographic methodology that highlights felt-sense improvisation coupled with awareness of the ethical imperative of our non neutrality – how we perform gender, sexuality, race-ethnicity, class, age, size and dis/ability to ourselves and each other in an infinite variety of ways - with a variety of consequences resulting in experiences of privilege, power and/or oppression. In short, our ‘body politics’ recursively shape our psychosomatic engagement between our own and each others’ dancing and everyday lives.

Beatrice’s experience spans across clinical practice in NHS mental health and training dancers, actors and psychotherapists. Her UK and international teaching, touring film and dance theatre work is recognised for its artistic and emotional complexity and includes commissions from Riverside Studios (2000; 2006), Wellcome Collection (2017), Utrecht Centre for the Arts (2018), GRACE Gender and Cultural Equalities in Europe (a Horizon 2020 commission in 2018); Bergen International Festival (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Olympic Studios Cinema (2015); Hong Kong Arts in Mental Health Festival (2008), National Museum of Porto (2004). Recent dancing activism has manifest in a variety of commissions including Arts For Peace with the Irish Ministry of Culture creating dance with and for Israeli and Palestinian young people (2009), Your Story Call’s Me (2014) a dance film based on ten autobiographical stories of loss and grief, Becoming Bodies (2015) a dance film queering Darwin’s theory of evolution, Embodied Signatures (2017) a documentary film capturing the somaticscience collaboration of embodied cognition and capoeira with neuroscientist Jonathan Silas. Beatrice is currently leading the Moving Kinship Hubs (2016-2020) creating bespoke performances with and for families affected by the rare form of young onset dementia and touring her full length dance work I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing (2020) in the UK, Norway and The Netherlands. Beatrice is also writing her second book (with Routledge) based on her interdisciplinary Moving Kinship feminist methodology.

http://www.beatriceallegranti.com/