Moving Kinship: choreography, performance & the politics of everyday life | Beatrice Allegranti and Jon Silas

Independent Dance, 19.30, Siobhan Davies Studios

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This conversation presents interdisciplinary choreographic, dance movement psychotherapy and neuroscientific practice, research and activism with people living with young onset dementia, their families and the artistic team Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre. Informed by feminist new materialism and cognitive neuroscience, we will explore the ethics and politics of creating dance not only for an audience but with and through audiences. As such, we propose ‘moving kinship’ as an integrated artistic practice that enables us to think about human and more-than-human-bodies and worlds simultaneously. We will include performative vignettes as ways to think through kinship with/in the choreographic process, performance and, for the living of everyday life.

Dr Beatrice Allegranti: For over two decades Beatrice’s experience is influenced by several intersecting identities as an independent choreographer, UKCP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist, feminist writer, researcher and educator encompassing choreography and filmmaking (touring UK, France, U.S.A, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Poland, Brazil), as well as clinical dance movement psychotherapy practice and supervision in the NHS (in adult mental health; dementia; special needs; autism) and in private practice.


Jonathan Silas is currently a senior lecturer at Middlesex University and completed his doctoral research into the social function of a mirror neuron system at Roehampton University. His post-doctoral research fellowship was at the University of Pennsylvania where he explored olfactory function and the link to sub-cortical dementia. Jonathan is co-founder of the Jones & Silas Lab; a centre for cognitive neuroscience research at Middlesex University. Dr Silas’s research interests are in sensorimotor aspects of cognition and the methods used to understand brain functioning. His collaboration with Beatrice has extended his interests into the epistemological nature of scientific knowledge and how this can be informed by and inform socio-political and psychotherapeutic issues of embodiment.