Thomas Kampe

Personal statement

Thomas Kampe (PhD) has worked as a performing artist, researcher and somatic educator across the globe. Artistic collaborations include work with Liz Aggiss, Hilde Holger, Julia Pascal, Tanzinitiative Hamburg, Somatische Akademie Berlin, and with Carol Brown on re-embodying the diasporic practices of Modernist choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser.

Thomas' research focuses on critical somatic legacies. Thomas is a practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method® and guest editor of the IFF research Journal Vol. 6 (2019): Practices of Freedom: The Feldenkrais Method and Creativity. In 2017 he edited JDSP Vol. 9. 'Bodily undoing: Somatics as practices of critique' with Kirsty Alexander. Since 2015 direction of international symposia: (re)storing performance (2015); Theatre, youth, trauma and Europe in crisis (2016); Bodily Undoing–Somatic Performance Cultures and Activisms as critical practice (2016); Beyond Forgetting 1938-2018: persecution/exile/memory (2018). He co-directed the international Body IQ Berlin Festival with Somatische Akademie Berlin in 2019. Together with his brother Prof. Gerhard Kampe (University of Coburg, Germany) he is the co-editor of the book 'Beyond Forgetting: persecution/exile/memory - transdisciplinary perspectives on education in design and performance' (Cuvillier 2020).

Thomas is the co-director of Bath Spa's Creative Corporealities research group, along with Mary Steadman

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

Go to ResearchSPAce

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


Punti di Fuga / Fluchtpunkte - enacting empathy
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Kampe, T (2020) 'Punti di Fuga / Fluchtpunkte - enacting empathy.' In: Kampe, T and Kampe, G, eds. Beyond forgetting - persecution/exile/memory: transdisciplinary perspectives on design, performance and education. Cuvillier, Goettingen, pp. 142-151. (Forthcoming)


Displaced/displayed - surviving dance in exile
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Kampe, T (2020) 'Displaced/displayed - surviving dance in exile.' In: Kampe, T and Kampe, G, eds. Beyond forgetting - persecution/exile/memory: transdisciplinary perspectives on design, performance and education. Cuvillier, Goettingen. (Forthcoming)


Dancing the soma-ecstatic: Feldenkrais and the modernist body
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Kampe, T (2020) 'Dancing the soma-ecstatic: Feldenkrais and the modernist body.' In: Scholl, R, ed. The Feldenkrais Method and creative practice: dance, music, theatre. Methuen, London. (Forthcoming)


Dancing critical somatics – an emancipatory education for the future? Thomas Kampe in dialogue with Glenna Batson
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Kampe, T and Batson, G (2020) 'Dancing critical somatics – an emancipatory education for the future? Thomas Kampe in dialogue with Glenna Batson.' In: Whatley, S, Huxley, M, David, A and Hayward-Smith, L, eds. Dancefields. Dance Books, Alton, pp. 154-185. (Forthcoming)


Feldenkrais in the theatre
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Kampe, T (2020) 'Feldenkrais in the theatre.' In: Kresge, C and Elgelid, S, eds. The Feldenkrais Method®: learning through movement and the brain. Handspring, Fountainhall. (Forthcoming)


Tanz als Überlebenskunst: Die Choreografin Hilde Holger und ihr Einfluss auf die britische Tanzkultur
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Kampe, T (2019) 'Tanz als Überlebenskunst: Die Choreografin Hilde Holger und ihr Einfluss auf die britische Tanzkultur.' In: Amort, A, ed. Alles tanzt: Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne. Hatje Cantz, Vienna, pp. 289-297. ISBN 9783775745673


Body-soma-self: re-embodying dance research
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Kampe, T (2019) 'Body-soma-self: re-embodying dance research.' In: Bacon, J, Hilton, R, Kramer, P and Midgelow, V.L, eds. Researching (in/as) motion: a resource collection, artistic doctorates in Europe. NIVEL . Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki. ISBN 9789523530126


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


Practices of freedom – the Feldenkrais Method and creativity
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Kampe, T (2019) 'Practices of freedom – the Feldenkrais Method and creativity.' Feldenkrais Research Journal, 6. ISSN 1817-4000


Entangled histories, part 2: releasing the de-generate body
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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
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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!
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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
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Kampe, T (2006) 'Tanzen ist doch selbstverstndlich - taking dance for granted.' Tanzjournal, 1. p. 18.


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


‘Somatics – an emancipatory education for the future?’
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Kampe, T and Batson, G (2017) ‘Somatics – an emancipatory education for the future?’. In: Dance Fields Conference, 20 April 2017, Roehampton University, London, UK.


Creative beginnings – dancing with Feldenkrais
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Kampe, T (2017) Creative beginnings – dancing with Feldenkrais. In: New Beginnings - Beginning Again: the Feldenkrais Method in Creative Practice, 11 March 2017, University of West London, UK.


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.


LOST + FOUND [dances of exile]
performance

Kampe, T, Brown, C, Scoones, R and Kasia, P (2017) LOST + FOUND [dances of exile]. In: Tempo Dance Festival NZ, Q-Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, 7 October 2017.


Die Mühle/The Mill. Four performances
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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.


Releasing Her Archive
video

Kampe, T (2017) Releasing Her Archive.


Displaced/Displayed: re-enacting dances of migration
video

Kampe, T and Jara, M (2017) Displaced/Displayed: re-enacting dances of migration.


Break dance 4 camera
video

Kampe, T (2005) Break dance 4 camera.


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