A presentation about the Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre’s dance theatre production I’ve Lost You Only to Discover That I Have Gone Missing – evolving directly from feminist interdisciplinary
A presentation about the Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre’s dance theatre production I’ve Lost You Only to Discover That I Have Gone Missing – evolving directly from feminist interdisciplinary choreographic and dance movement psychotherapy practice, research and activism with people living with rare young onset dementia, their families and the artistic team.
The project builds on previous interdisciplinary research highlighting the paradoxical sense of dispossession in loss and grief and, the experience, not as ‘lack’ but as an embodied-relational process: loss is visceral and not something that we ‘do’ alone.
Through a blend of dance theatre and autoethnographic text, each extract will invite the audience to engage with the affective and kinaesthetic import of the material and consider the ethics and politics of borrowed time with/in dementia and wider: we are not bounded self- contained fully formed humans but porous processes – enfolding within a complex network of body politics, voices/language, affect, tactile-kinaesthetic relating, environments, ecologies, technologies and power structures.
As such, my proposition with this piece is a more- than-human view of loss, time and space – that tangles with, and disrupts wider social, political and environmental inequalities and taboos of age, ‘self’, life-death, voice/language, memory, intimacy, vulnerability and care.
Speakers for this event
Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre
Beatrice Allegranti PhD, UKCP reg. dance movement psychotherapist and choreographer has over twenty-five years of interdisciplinary experience including internationally touring dance theatre and film work (Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Japan, U.S.A, France), as well as psychotherapy work in NHS adult mental health and dementia services, private practice and international consultation (Arts for Peace with the Irish Ministry of Culture, Wellcome Collection arts and science hub, Dutch Ministry of Education, Japanese Ministry of Culture). In her academic role, Beatrice is Reader in the Department of Dance at the University of Roehampton, teaches across the departments of Dance and Psychology and, regularly publishes articles, book chapters and books and gives international keynotes. As artistic director of Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre Beatrice produces international and politically progressive work across several mediums: performance, participation and publications. The company work tackles burgeoning and interrelated social and environmental issues of loss, health, migration and ‘othering’ - through ethical and progressive dance practice. Awarded Arts Council England public funding, the company works in collaboration with six professional dancers and actors, a composer, musician and fifteen project partners across the arts, health and science sectors. Since 2016, the London-based company established monthly- bespoke Moving Kinship Hubs at Alexandra Palace and Merton Arts Space for people living with rare young onset dementia and their family carers. Directly inspired by this work, the company created the dance theatre production I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing. The production is currently touring the UK and internationally.
Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre
- Day 1
16.00 Opening sessions16.00 - 21.00Opening day's events including two keynote presentations.Speakers: Bayo Akomolafe, Beatrice Allegranti