Bodily Undoing – Somatic Activism and Performance Cultures as Practices of Critique

I will contribute to this exciting event with a 20 minute paper on my research into the relationship between synaesthesia, dance and embodiment as well as with my recent audio-visual installation At the Vanishing Point.


two day symposium


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Convenors: Thomas Kampe, Pamela Karantonis , Silvia Carderelli -Gronau (Bath Spa University),Kirsty Alexander (Independent Dance), Tamara Ashley (University of Bedfordshire)

This two day symposium aims to address the socially and culturally transformative potential of Somatics and transdisciplinary performance practices through workshops, academic papers, artistic presentations and debate.

Presenters include :

Kirsty Alexander (UK), Tamara Ashley (UK), Colleen Bartley (UK), Christine Bellerose (CAN), Nicole Bindler (US), Silvia Carderelli-Gronau (UK), Jane Carr (UK), Noyale Colin, (UK), Olly Crick, (UK),  Trude Cone (NL), Jenny Coogan, (D), Katy Dymoke, (UK), Virginia Farman (UK), Gustavo Fijalkow (UK), Natalie Garrett Brown (UK), Jeannette Ginslov (UK), Gina Giotaki (GR/UK), David Glass (UK), Vanessa Grasse (UK), Christina Greenland (UK), Angela Guerreiro (PT/D),Mark James Hamilton (UK), Vicky Hunter(UK), Manuela Jara (CO),Thomas Kampe (UK),Pamela  Karantonis (UK), Alexander Komlosi (FI), Nadine Martinez(US), Maria Bartilotti Matos (PT), Lisa May Thomas (UK),Emma Meehan (UK), Katia Münker (D), Jane Munro (UK),Ursula Neuerberg-Denzer (CAN), Mike Poltarak (UK), Ailsa Richardson (UK), Carolyn Roy (UK),Karin Rugman (UK), Richard Sarco-Thomas (Malta), Stephanie Scheubeck (UK/D),Carrie Marie Schneider (US),Bruce Sharp (UK),Ildiko Solti (UK), Sian Sullivan (UK), Jane Turner (UK) , Geoffery Unkovich (UK), Verena Vandenberg (UK/NL), Doerte Weig (ES), Richard White (UK),  Ali Young (UK)

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Glenna Batson (2017) argues towards the need for a new critique to fully address Somatics in the face of neoliberal globalization and an increasing planetary poly-crisis. How do we locate our embodied practices beyond commodification as critical and empowering practices? How do we question relevance, access, inclusion, and modes of knowledge production within our work? How do we articulate a critical stance toward elitism, Euro-centrism and under-theorisation historically associated with the field?  Somatic practices can be understood as reflective processes of undoing existing patterns so that new ones can emerge. How can this transformative undoing be extended beyond the body of the individual to the body politic or the social body? How might we construct Somatics and affiliated transdisciplinary arts practices as practices of critique that might contribute to an alternative social imaginary or way of world-making? Can somatic processes and performance practices foster a capacity for self-reflection and criticality as feature of the ‘democratic citizen’ as ‘a member of the body politic’ (Morin 1999) within growing totalitarian socio-cultural contexts?

This symposium launches the Journal for Dance Somatic Practices (JDSP) Volume 9.1 – ‘Bodily Undoing – Somatics as Practice of Critique’ co-edited by Kirsty Alexander and Thomas Kampe.

JDSP Vol 9.1

During the symposium the David Glass Ensemble will be artists-in-residence and will present a corporeally-inspired working of Dickens’s Bleak House in a performance on Saturday 16th September at 7:30pm in the University Theatre. For Symposium attendees, a theatre ticket can be made available at a reduced price.

The event is supported through the Creative Corporealities and the Arts for Social Change research groups, and through the Environmental Humanities Research Centre of The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) of Bath Spa University