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Dr

Thomas Kampe

  • Senior Lecturer: Movement
  • Email: t.kampe@bathspa.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 01225876392
  • School or Department: CoLA - Writing and Performance
  • Website:

    http://www.thomaskampe.com

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Personal Statement

Thomas Kampe(PhD) has worked with dance, theatre and movement for the last 30 years as performer, choreographer, director and educator. Thomas has taught somatic approaches towards movement education in different settings around the world. He worked at University of Chichester and London Metropolitan University between 1993 and 2012. Thomas trained as a visual artist in Germany and subsequently trained in dance at the Laban Centre and at Middlesex University in London. He also worked for 13 years with London-based Jewish Austrian Ausdruckstanz-Pioneer Hilde Holger.

Thomas has performed with Aktionstheater Kassel, Amici Dance Theatre, Liz Aggiss, Hilde Holger, Rosemary Lee, Colin Poole and many other dance and theatre artists. He has extensively collaborated with writer/director Julia Pascal since 1990 in the creation of original performance works which have been featured throughout Europe.

His previous work has included solo performances in venues such as Moltkerei Cologne, tanzfabrik Berlin, The ICA London, and The Purcell Room London, international collaborations with dance and theatre companies, installation work in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and site-specific choreography with a cast of 150 performers (plus one dog!) in St. Pauli Stadium in Hamburg, Germany, in 2003. He appeared in three dance-for-camera projects for Divas Dance Company, and as part of an internationally toured 3D screen installation.

In 2010 he created three internationally shown dance works and created the movement direction, design, and choreography for the play The Dybbuk by Julia Pascal which was presented during dream-up festival in New York City. In 2011 Thomas collaborated with artist collective JOCJONJOSH on the choreography for their large-scale body-installation Existere. He also collaborated with The Wedding Collective, London, choreographing for a site-specific Opera production of Menottis The Secret Consul. In 2012 he directed a Heritage Lottery funded site-specific guided tour The Secret Listeners, a political, immersive performance project with a cast of 35 performers.

His international teaching has included residencies in various venues with a broad range of clients including: K3-choreographic centre Hamburg, Germany; Independent Dance London; tanzquartier Vienna, Austria; National Dance Academy Quito, Ecuador; Budapest Improvisation Festival, Hungary; Madrid Contact Improvisation Festival, Spain; Freiburg Contact Festival, Germany; Ouro Preto Winter Festival, Brasil; Tamalpa Institute of Korea, Seoul,Korea.

Thomas has taught and directed internationally in Higher Education for more than 20 years including work at Limerick University, Ireland, The School for New Dance Development Amsterdam, Ehwa Womens University Seoul, Korea, University of Hamburg, Germany, Central School for Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College, East 15 Acting School, Academia dell Arte Arezzo, De Montford University, Oxford St Johns University, and University of Brighton.

He was awarded University Teaching Fellowship (2010) and Associate Professorship (2011) at London Met for developing a dance/movement curriculum that bridges somatic practices with choreographic education and professional contexts. He is a qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method which forms a foundation for his teaching and informs his research and artistic practice greatly. He recently completed his practice-led Phd The Art of Making Choices The Feldenkrais Method as a Choreographic Resource.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Middlesex University
  • MEd Kassel University
  • DipHE Laban
  • PhD London Metropolitan University

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Feldenkrais Guild UK

Research and academic outputs

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The secret listeners: Pascal Theatre Company
book

Pascal, J and Kampe, T, eds. (2013) The secret listeners: Pascal Theatre Company. Pascal Theatre Company, London. ISBN 9780992775100


The art of making choices: the Feldenkrais Method as a soma-critique
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Kampe, T (2015) 'The art of making choices: the Feldenkrais Method as a soma-critique.' In: Whatley, S, Garrett Brown, N and Alexander, K, eds. Attending to movement: somatic perspectives on living in this world. Triarchy Press, Axminster, pp. 77-90. ISBN 9781909470637


Choreografievermittlung ein gespräch mit Thomas Kampe
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Kampe, T and Klein, G (2015) 'Choreografievermittlung ein gespräch mit Thomas Kampe.' In: Klein, G, ed. Choreografischer baukasten: das buch. Transcript, Bielefeld, pp. 238-244. ISBN 9783839431863


From the field: community dance and emerging values
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Kampe, T (2014) 'From the field: community dance and emerging values.' In: Proceedings of international symposium 'Inquiry into Community Dance - Art of the Public Dance Activity. Korean National University of The Arts, Seoul, Korea, pp. 5-26.


Measuring moves
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Kampe, T (2013) 'Measuring moves.' In: Wanek, R and White, A, eds. Migratory lines: navigations across disciplines. Broadcast Gallery, Dublin, pp. 64-73. ISBN 9781900454520


The choreographer Hilde Holger: between three worlds
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Kampe, T (2013) 'The choreographer Hilde Holger: between three worlds.' In: Brinson, C and Dove, R, eds. German-speaking exiles in the performing arts in Britain after 1933. The Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 14 . Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 187-206. ISBN 9789042036512


Spinning the web
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Kampe, T (2012) 'Spinning the web.' In: Kohn, K.G, ed. Die Mühle = The mill. Luftschiff, Brauschweig, pp. 12-15. ISBN 9783942792127


Interview with Thomas Kampe: tanzvermittlung
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Kampe, T (2011) 'Interview with Thomas Kampe: tanzvermittlung.' In: Klein, G, Barthel, G and Wagner, E, eds. Choreografische baukasten. Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld. ISBN 9783837617887


Entangled histories, part 2: releasing the de-generate body
article

Kampe, T (2017) 'Entangled histories, part 2: releasing the de-generate body.' Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, 9 (1). pp. 75-93. ISSN 1757-1871


Bodily undoing: somatics as practices of critique
article

Alexander, K and Kampe, T (2017) 'Bodily undoing: somatics as practices of critique.' Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, 9 (1). pp. 3-12. ISSN 1757-1871


Whispering secrets
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Kampe, T (2016) 'Whispering secrets.' Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, 8 (2). pp. 165-177. ISSN 1757-1871


‘crossing/weaving’: somatic interventions in choreographic practices
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Kampe, T (2016) '‘crossing/weaving’: somatic interventions in choreographic practices.' Feldenkrais Research Journal, 5. ISSN 1817-4000


Vorsicht, Schönheit!
article

Kampe, T (2016) 'Vorsicht, Schönheit!' Feldenkrais Zeit; Journal für somatisches Lernen, 16. pp. 21-25.


Eros and inquiry: the Feldenkrais Method® as a complex resource
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Kampe, T (2015) 'Eros and inquiry: the Feldenkrais Method® as a complex resource.' Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 6 (2). pp. 200-218. ISSN 1944-3927


Moving after Auschwitz: the Feldenkrais Method as a soma-critique
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Kampe, T (2014) 'Moving after Auschwitz: the Feldenkrais Method as a soma-critique.' The Journal of Dance Society for Documentation & History, 33 (6). pp. 237-258. ISSN 2383-5214


Recreating histories: transcultural and transdisciplinary perspectives on performance making
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Kampe, T (2011) 'Recreating histories: transcultural and transdisciplinary perspectives on performance making.' Korean Journal of Dance, 67 (6). pp. 253-274. ISSN 1598-4672


'Weave': the Feldenkrais Method as choreographic process
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Kampe, T (2010) ''Weave': the Feldenkrais Method as choreographic process.' Perfformio, 1 (2). pp. 34-52. ISSN 1758-1524


Tanzen ist doch selbstverstndlich - taking dance for granted
article

Kampe, T (2006) 'Tanzen ist doch selbstverstndlich - taking dance for granted.' Tanzjournal, 1. p. 18.


Tanz an britischen universitten. Beispiele von Thomas Kampe
article

Kampe, T (2006) 'Tanz an britischen universitten. Beispiele von Thomas Kampe.' Tanzjournal. p. 21.


Releasing the archive – clinic for choreographic acts of repair
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Kampe, T and Brown, C (2016) Releasing the archive – clinic for choreographic acts of repair. In: Tanzkongress 2016, 16 - 19 June 2016, Hanover, Germany.


Punti di Fuga: a corporeal home between us
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Kampe, T (2016) Punti di Fuga: a corporeal home between us. In: Theatre, Youth, Trauma and Europe in Crisis, 25 June 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


Releasing the body as archive
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Kampe, T and Brown, C (2015) Releasing the body as archive. In: Dance and Somatic Practices Conference, 13 – 16 July 2015, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.


The future of somatic movement education and therapy
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Kampe, T (2015) The future of somatic movement education and therapy. In: Body-Mind Centering Association European Conference, 27 May - 1 June 2015, University of the Arts, Ghent, Belgium.


Enacting desire: constructing social flexibility through somatic-informed processes
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Kampe, T (2015) Enacting desire: constructing social flexibility through somatic-informed processes. In: Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance, 21 April 2015, Canterbury University, UK.


Dancing with Castoriadis: disrupting the corporeal imaginary
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Kampe, T (2015) Dancing with Castoriadis: disrupting the corporeal imaginary. In: Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity - 39th Annual Conference of SDHS / 46th Annual Conference of CORD, 4 - 7 June 2015, Hellenic Cosmos & Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, Greece.


The art of transformation: dancing affective touch
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Kampe, T, Sideras, C and Dymoke, K (2015) The art of transformation: dancing affective touch. In: The International Association for the Study of Affective Touch: Inaugural Congress, 20-22 March 2015, Instittute for Neurology, University College of London, UK.


The Feldenkrais Method as choreographic process
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Kampe, T (2014) The Feldenkrais Method as choreographic process. In: Choreographic Research Aotearoa: Thomas Kampe, 20 August 2014, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, Auckland University, New Zealand.


Crossing/weaving
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Kampe, T (2014) Crossing/weaving. In: Performing Process: Sharing Practice symposium, 6 June 2014, Coventry University.


A laboratory of self: the Feldenkrais Method and dance improvisation
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Kampe, T (2013) A laboratory of self: the Feldenkrais Method and dance improvisation. In: Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2013, 12 - 15 July 2013, Coventry University.


The art of making choices: the Feldenkrais Method as a choreographic resource
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Kampe, T (2013) The art of making choices: the Feldenkrais Method as a choreographic resource. In: Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2013, 12 - 15 July 2013, Coventry University.


The art of making choices: the Feldenkrais Method as a social choreographic process
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Kampe, T (2013) The art of making choices: the Feldenkrais Method as a social choreographic process. In: Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects, 19 - 21 April 2013, UCLA, California.


Cognitive choices: the Feldenkrais Method and performance making
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Kampe, T (2013) Cognitive choices: the Feldenkrais Method and performance making. In: Cognitive Futures of the Humanities: 1st International Conference, 4-6 April 2013, Bangor University, Wales.


Arriving late
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Kampe, T (2009) Arriving late. In: Transnationalism and Visual Culture in Britain 1933-1956, 9-11 September 2009, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


The art of making choices
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Kampe, T (2008) The art of making choices. In: HALE Symposium on Creativity, June 2008.


Men in the wall
exhibition

Kampe, T (2004) Men in the wall. Touring dance installation, 2004-2005.


Inflatable figures
exhibition

Kampe, T and Belem, L (2002) Inflatable figures. Paco des Artes, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2002.


Die Mühle/The Mill. Four performances
performance

Kampe, T (2012) Die Mühle/The Mill. Four performances. At: Kunstmühle Braunschweig, Germany, (5 & 11 May 2012, 23 & 24 November 2012).


The Secret Listeners
performance

Kampe, T (2012) The Secret Listeners. Five performances at Trent Park Mansion, London (22 & 23 July 2012). Commissioned by Pascal Theatre Company with English Heritage Lottery Funding, in collaboration with The Jewish Museum and The Jewish Military Museum, London.


Existere
performance

Kampe, T (2011) Existere. testbed, Battersea, London, UK, July 2011.


The secret consul
performance

Kampe, T (2011) The secret consul. Limehouse Town Hall, London, UK, 2011.


Rupture
performance

Kampe, T (2011) Rupture. In: Crisis Art Festival, Arezzo, Italy, 2011.


Celebrity chain
performance

Kampe, T (2010) Celebrity chain. Minerva Theatre, Chichester, UK, 2010.


Controller
performance

Kampe, T (2010) Controller. In: Arezzo Theatre Festival, Arezzo, Italy, 2010.


The dybbuk
performance

Kampe, T (2010) The dybbuk. Theatre for a New City, New York, USA, 2010.


Amen
performance

Kampe, T (2009) Amen. The Facility, London, UK, 2010.


The merchant of Venice
performance

Kampe, T (2007) The merchant of Venice. Arcola Theatre, London, UK, 2007.


City of refuge
performance

Kampe, T (2007) City of refuge. London, 2007.


Crossing
performance

Kampe, T (2006) Crossing. In: Escapade Festival, The Rocket Theatre, London, UK, 9-12 November 2006.


trace/reverse
performance

Kampe, T (2005) trace/reverse. In: 2nd European Feldenkrais Conference, Berlin Free University, Berlin, Germany, 2005.


The golem
performance

Kampe, T (2004) The golem. Tricycle Theatre, Purcell Room, London, UK, 2004.


Chaser
performance

Kampe, T (2004) Chaser. In: Feldenkrais Centenary Conference, Munich University, Munich,Germany, 2004.


Urban rituals
performance

Kampe, T (2003) Urban rituals. St Pauli Football Stadium, Hamburg, Germany, 2003.


Body, image, site
performance

Kampe, T and Belem, L (2002) Body, image, site. In: Ouro Preto Festival, Ouro Preto, Brasil, 2002.


The woman in the moon
performance

Kampe, T (2001) The woman in the moon. Arcola Theatre, London, UK, 2001.


Break dance 4 camera
video

Kampe, T (2005) Break dance 4 camera.


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