Sunday, 15 April 2018

Summer Lab.

We'll soon be able to share with you images and film from the Narrating the Somatic symposium held in February...

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about our Dancing & Writing Summer Lab. coming up in London this August.

We are holding our annual Summer Intensive for the 4th year this August...It offers a great transition between modules, and a chance to come together and move, share, discuss and write as a group on our London campus.  Accomodation is offered on campus for around £20 per night, so a great way to spend a week in London, fueling yourself artistically, creatively, academically. The campus facilities, access to the library, studios etc are fully open and available to you for this week as well as the sessions we run daily from 9.30am to around 3pm. Last year we also took a trip to the British Library and the Tate Modern... there's plenty of inspiration around!

The week runs Aug 13-17th, 2018
Cost (for students) £250 / (full/funded) £350

For more information and Booking:

It would be great to come together and move then!!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Next weekend!!

Saturday February 24th 

Key Note Speakers: Rosemary Lee and Richard Walsh
Key Note Movement Workshop: Jackie Guy
Workshops, performance, film and discussion with...
Namron, Sandra Golding, Pawlet Brooks, Louise Kateraga, Mary Grigg, Chikukwango Cuxima-Zwa, Akosua Boakye, Dominique Rivoal, Jacqueline McCormick, Tom Hobden, Anton Califano, Adesola Akinleye, Helen Kindred,
Stephanie Scheubeck, Eline Kieft, Nina Atkinson & Vivian Barbosa.
and ISTD Open Day

also the launch celebration of the new book edited
Narratives in Black British Dance: embodied practices.

Where: Middlesex University, London Hendon, Grove Theatre
When: 9:00 for 9:30 start to 6pm Feb 24th 2018
Tickets for the day: £5 (students), £10 (individual), £20 (institution)
Book on-line here

This Symposium follows on from August 2016 event
Watch video 

Questions: &

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Call for Contributions!!

Narrating the Somatic:
Gathering voices, sharing practices Symposium
24th February 2018,
Hendon Campus, London, UK

The call for contributions is now open for Narrating the Somatic: Gathering voices, sharing practices symposium 24th February 2018. As scholars-artists and practitioners of dance and somatic studies we understand that the embodied experience underpins meaning making, but how is this bodily understanding captured, shared, and stories articulated as knowledge without disrupting its felt origins. Why is it important to share and communicate embodied knowing? How are choreographic processes and other explorations in movement a methodology for understanding our personal, historical, cultural narratives?

The symposium will explore how we tell the tales of our embodied experiences and share our practices…narrating the somatic. The Symposium will bring together existing published academics, visual documentaries of movement (photography/film), and movers and choreographers practicing professionally in the field. The event also links to a call for papers for an up-coming special issue of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices that Adesola Akinleye & Helen Kindred will be guest editing.

Call for contributions:
Submissions could respond to:
-       Capturing and narrating embodied practices
-       Practice as research / Choreography as methodology
-       How text/image/film about somatic practices relates to the physicality of the practice
-       Professional Practices in Dance and their documentation
-       Initiatives or innovations communicating embodied experience within arts practices
-       Biography and Auto-biography as a mode of documentation for arts work

Session formats:
Presenters can give spoken presentations (papers) [15-20 minutes] and /or practical presentations (workshops) [45 minutes] and /or short performance works [10-15mins]


Review criteria:

Each proposal is subjected to peer review considering:
·      clarity of the proposal;
·      originality/innovation of the mode of presentation of the idea/approach;
·      anticipated interest
Those interested in making a contribution to the day should complete the following details and submit by Jan 3rd 2018 to Adesola Akinleye and
Helen Kindred Successful applicants will be notified by 12th January 2018 or before. Proposals from successful applications will be put on a symposium web-page prior to the event. These will include the abstract, keywords, outline, plus any references deemed appropriate.


 Call for Contributions: proposal format

Narrating the Somatic: Gathering voices, sharing practices

One day symposium

24th February 2018,

Lead contact and email:

Title of proposal:


                        ¨ Workshop (45 mins)

                        ¨ Paper (20 mins)

                        ¨ Performance (10-15 mins)


Short abstract: (maximum of 50 words)

Please provide details of the focus you will be presenting in your session.

Outline: (maximum 400 words)

Please specify the details of your session and how it links to the overall theme of the Symposium

Key words: (optional)

Add keywords which help to define the session content (for use on the conference website).

IT or audio-visual requirements:

Computer, data-projectors and internet access will be provided as standard. If you have any other IT or audio-visual requirements please specify. For performances lighting and tech support should be kept to a minimal. (Performance worked will have tech time during the day of the symposium)

I give consent to be filmed and photographed for documentation purposes?



Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Narrating the Somatic...


Narrating the Somatic: gathering voices, sharing practice 2018
is a one-day symposium will bring together artists, practitioners, researchers moving within the fields of dance, narrative, and somatic practices. 

The symposium is aligned with the forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (Intellect Publishing) 2019, which Adesola and Helen have been asked to co-edit. This invitation to produce a special issue volume for the journal came as a result of the Wright-ing the Somatic: Dancing and Writing Professional Practice Symposium held at Mdx in August 2016, you can watch the short film we made of this below, and the 2nd somatics symposium planned for 2018 offers the possibility of extending conversations, developing practice and galvanizing the voices of artist/practitioners to contribute to the journal.

Wright-ing the Somatic Symposium August 2016:

Narrating the Somatic: gathering voices, sharing practice symposium 
will take place on 
at Middlesex University London.

Look out for the Call for Contributions soon and we very much hope you can join us in February as we reach out to extend our community to gather new voices and tell our stories...

Subsribe to our Youtube Channel to catch up on other Embodied Pracitces projects that we've been busy with...

Friday, 24 June 2016

Symposium 2016

Wright-ing the Somatic:
Dance and Writing Professional Practice Symposium            19-20 August 2016

International Keynote speakers: Anita Gonzales (founding member of Urban Bush Women) and John R. Diehl (dance photographer)

Guest contributors include Christopher Bannerman, Namron, Vida Midgelow, Jane bacon, Helen Kindred, Adesola Akinleye, Michael Joseph, H. Patten, Sandra Golding, Maxine Brown, Ginny Brown, Ayako Jitsukawa, Lotti Gompertz, Sandra Golding, Chikukuango Cuxima-Zwa, Angela Woodhouse, and Funmi Adewole

As artists, scholars, and practitioners of dance we understand that the embodied experience underpins meaning making, but how is this somatic understanding captured and shared as knowledge without disrupting its corporeal origins?

Why is it important to share and communicate embodied knowing? How are choreographic processes, and other explorations in movement become methodology for understanding the lived experience? How do we articulate and give importance to Practice as Research within the field of dance, when we are seeing funding for arts activity constantly being cut?

In partnership with the ISTD and One Dance UK, this symposium will explore how we craft the somatic and document that inquiry from ‘in physicality’ to ‘in text’. We will bring together existing published academics, visual documenters of movement - photography and film-, movers, and choreographers practicing professionally in the field.

Location: Ravensfield Building , Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

Booking through our online store: store
Up-ˇto the minute info see this blog.!!
Accommodation available email: