Creative Corporealities

This interdisciplinary research group explores the body as a source of creative material and notions of embodiment in cultural contexts

Creative Corporealities is an interdisciplinary research group that responds to a contemporary revision in notions of humanity, felt both viscerally and intellectually, for which the predominant answer is embodiment and creativity.

Who we are

We are practitioners and academics working across a wide range of disciplines, based at Bath Spa University, with research themes accommodated under the banner of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries. Creative Corporealities concerns itself with embodiment as a source of creative practice, with its own causalities and politics. We develop and observe disciplinary practices that engage and affect a body that is generative of creative processes. 

We are also on the steering group for the Research Centre for the Environmental Humanities, representing performance and arts research. 

Events

There will be a series of presentations by members of the Creative Corporealites research group and outside guest speakers. These will take place in May/June 2019. These are supported by Bath Spa University Quality Research funding.

Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to staff, students and members of the public. Our public lectures are likely to be of broadest interest, while research seminars are intended primarily for staff and postgraduate students

For further information about our events, please contact group co-convenors Mary Steadman and Thomas Kampe.

Events and performances

Below are a series of presentations by members of the Creative Corporealites research group and outside guest speakers, supported by Bath Spa's Quality Research funding. Please also see our Past Events page for an archive of these performances.

Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to staff, students and members of the public. Our public lectures are likely to be of broadest interest, while research seminars are intended primarily for staff and postgraduate students.

Dialogue Series 'Using Stories to Engage with Research'

Wednesday 27th May 

This will be an online event which will take place via Google Meet, a link to the meeting will be circulated.

6pm-8pm

Dialogue Series: Rew Lowe and Matt Law

The Last Hurrah is a professional theatre company, a practice-based research project investigating how climate change might be communicated to move people to behavioural/political change and a vocational training project which seeks to 'bridge' undergraduate and professional experiences in creating new, socially relevant, touring theatre. Over the last three years, students and lecturers from Bath Spa University's BA Acting, Geography and Theatre, Festival and Event Production programmes have collaborated on researching true stories of how climate change is currently affecting specific communities around the world. The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul) is, albeit very loosely, based on the story of Kivalina in Northern Alaska.

Rew Lowe is a theatre-maker, director and writer (Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory, Lyric Hammersmith). He’s a Senior Lecturer in Comedy, Devising and Dramaturgy at Bath Spa.

Matt Law is an environmental archaeologist for ‘Geography’ at Bath Spa, teaching climate change, sustainability, Quaternary palaeoecology, GIS and prehistory. He’s Lead Researcher for The Last Hurrah.

Dialogue Series Rosemary Lee and Chris Lewis-Smith

Our Dialogue Series continues with a shared presentation by world leading dancer scholar/choreographer Rosemary Lee (UK) &  BSU Senior Lecturer in Dance Dr Chris Lewis-Smith on site-and screen-based dance practice and scholarship.

Wed 20th of May at 6pm via Google Meet platform, a link to the meeting will be circulated.

Rosmemay Lee - Portrait/Landscape

Rosemary has been making work outdoors in a variety of sites throughout her career. She will present film extracts and stills whilst sharing the challenges involved in creating work for urban green spaces and distant shorelines.  Rosemary will consider how the work might affect both the performers and audiences' relationship to the environment around them, and how the somatic work she facilitates during the process of make this work is influenced by the landscape.

Choreographer and filmmaker Rosemary Lee works in a variety of contexts and media, including large-scale site-specific works with cross-generational casts, and video installations. Her interest is in both portrait and landscape, and in our relationship with the environment, urban and rural. She is an Artsadmin Artist, Work Place artist, Senior Research Fellow -C-DaRE,

Passage for Par by Rosemary Lee, commissioned by CAST for Groundwork, Par Sands Beach, Cornwall 2018. photo Graham Gau

People standing in a line on a beach

Chris Lewis-Smith - Landscape/Chance

Chris is currently Course Director for Postgraduate Dance at Bath Spa University and is an award winning screendance maker. “I am interested in the language and design of movement, the language and design of landscape, and the relationships between them. In urban environments I’m interested in design by considered architecture, by the less considered chance relationships between structures, and the aesthetics of decay. In rural landscapes, I’m especially drawn to design by agriculture”.

Though examples of his own practice, Chris will discuss how site becomes an active partner in his practice, and how factors like weather, changing seasons, and chance encounters shape the process of his filmmaking.

Dialogues Series Nita Little online workshop

 

Thursday 28th of May at 6pm - 8pm

Nita Little with be running an online workshop

Free event: Tickets and Zoom link on Eventbrite HERE

Reinventing Relational Embodiments: Intimacy with the insentient

In this workshop we will consider actions of response-ability (Barad) that occur when our dynamic human embodiment generates environmental vitalities through meaningful spatial presencing. What is available to us in the meeting of the human, the non-human and the insentient that we so easily miss? As a dynamic of communication, our physical studies into actions of presencing will take us through conceptual landscapes that suggest there is much we can do, even in our isolation, to bring the world to life with far greater relational intelligence.  

Nita Little, PhD is an activist for relational intelligence, a purpose which began with her participation in the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation in 1972. Dancer, teacher, choreographer, and scholar specializing in improvisation, Little investigates ecological actions of attention and entangled relations. She initiated the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (ISSC) in 2016 populated by dance research ensembles in the US and Europe. Prior to the pandemic, she could regularly be found teaching worldwide. 

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'Practices of Freedom: The Feldenkrais Method and the Moving Performer'

 

Practices of Freedom: The Feldenkrias Method and the Moving Performer

June 13th 2020

The Creative Corporealities Research Group (CCRG) of Bath Spa University & The Feldenkrais Guild UK (FGUK)

Presenters include: Jackie Adkins (UK),Simonetta Alessandri (UK) Teresa Brayshaw (UK), Daniel Burkholder (US), Detta Howe (UK), Sharon Gimpel (UK), Anne Juren (SE), Thomas Kampe (UK), Chrish Kresge (US), Kate Ledger (UK), Katja Münker (D), Obrador de Moviments (ES), Paul Pui Wo Lee (D), Sara Reed (UK), Caroline Scott (UK), Robert Sholl (UK), Libby Worth (UK), Victoria Worsley (UK).

This one day online symposium offers an opportunity for movers, pedagogues, artists and scholars to experience and exchange practices of the application of The Feldenkrais Method® in performing arts contexts. This symposium brings together UK and international Feldenkrais practitioners, and celebrates the diverse possibilities of merging the transformative, enactive, creative and organic learning offerings embedded in the work of Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) with current trends in performer training and performance making. It follows on from recent publications such as the IFF Research Journal Vol. 6 ‘Practices of Freedom - The Feldenkrais Method and Creativity’ (2019), the ‘Special Issue on Moshe Feldenkrais of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training’ (TDPT 2015), and the study on ‘Feldenkrais Method in Performer Training: Encouraging Curiosity and Experimentation (2010), all initiated by UK based practitioners and scholars. 

Join our exciting team for this exciting event via the FGUK Zoom link. There will be hang-out spaces, for informal chats and exchanges.

To book your free place go to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practices-of-freedom-online-event-tickets-104939516920

A man stretching on a yoga mat

One Lost Stone

One Lost Stone

5th July, 2020

Prof. Thomas Kampe is continuing to collaborate with professional partners Pascal Theatre Company, directing the Heritage Arts project 'ONE LOST STONE'. Initially developed as a guided tour around the Novo Cemetery in Mile End London, the project has now been revisioned redesigned as an interactive website including, videoworks and photo material designed by Kampe, verbatim, archive and scholarly material, as well as readings by actors and sound compositions by composer Ronen Kozokaro, to create a living history presentation on Sephardi Jewish Heritage in England.  

 
It has been reviewed as 'a magnificent multi-layered, deeply researched, and imaginatively presented piece of work' Society of Theatre Research, and is featured in their latest NEWS section on their website.
 

Collage of a human face

Projects

Our researchers are engaged in projects that have been funded by organisations such as the Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

One Lost Stone

Thomas Kampe (director)
£84k Heritage Lottery Arts funding
September 2019

One Lost Stone is a site responsive performance piece researching the hidden legacy of Sephardic Jews in London, and was performed at Novo Cemetery in London. This formed part of the project Discovering and Documenting England’s Lost Jews, a production in collaboration with the Pascal Theatre company, which looked to use performative and embodied means to investigate hidden and reluctant British histories.

IFF Research Journal - 'Practices of Freedom - The Feldenkrais Method and Creativity'

Edited by Thomas Kampe, in collaboration with Ciff Smyth, Sara Reed, Robert Sholl, and Libby Worth

Volume six offers a critical forum for scholarship, articulation and evaluation of creative practices and pedagogies which are informed by the Feldenkrais Method.

The Feldenkrais Research Journal focuses on research into the Feldenkrais Method® and related fields of practice, thought, research, action, and awareness. This peer reviewed Journal seeks to engage in a dialogue about research within the Feldenkrais professional field and beyond.

The Imagining Body in Performer Training: The Legacy of Jacques Lecoq and Gaston Bachelard

Bath Spa's Ellie Nixon is currently writing a monograph titled The Imagining Body in Performer Training: The Legacy of Jacques Lecoq and Gaston Bachelard as part of the Perspectives on Performer Training Book Series, to be published by Routledge in 2019.

displaced/displayed: re-enacting dances of migration

Artistic direction: Thomas Kampe
Editorial direction: Manuela Jara
Choreographic direction and research: Carol Brown
Sound: Russell Scoones
Video artist: Meek Zuiderwyk
Video assistant: Freddie Errazo
The New Zealand Dance Company: Carl Tolentino, Lucy Lynch, Chris Ofanoa, Katie Rudd

This performance was featured as part of a major exhibition at the Theatre Museum Vienna in March 2019.

Displaced/displayed re-activates the legacy of Viennese choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (Vienna 1890 – Sydney 1959) and her dancers within a context of global transmission of dance knowledge through crisis, diaspora and exile. This installation coincides with the 80th anniversary of Bodenwieser’s exile from Europe and celebrates the possibility of a nearly lost avant-garde to remain.

It builds on artistic research undertaken by Kampe and Brown between 2014 and 2017 (‘Releasing the Archive’, Auckland, Berlin, Hannover, Bath, Tel Aviv and Vienna) in collaboration with The New Zealand Dance Company and international scholars. The installation draws on video footage of choreographic work developed through the re-enacting of archival material of ex-Bodenwieser dancers Shona Dunlop-McTavish, Hillary Napier and Hilde Holger. The installation explores practices of displacement, doubling and fragmenting of recorded material to echo and honour the labour of lost modernist dancers and dances of exile.

With thanks to Shona Dunlop-MacTavish, Shona McCullagh, Barbara Cuckson, Laure Guilbert, Neil Glen, Anthony Head, Kirsten Seeligmüller. The project was supported through Bath Spa University and University of Auckland.

The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul) is a collaborative practice-based research project between Rew Lowe and Matt Law responding to questions of ecological urgency through performance practice : ‘How might we communicate the issue of climate change in such a way as to at once engage people whilst also moving them to some form of positive action or behavioural change?’

Dwelling: Performance Installation

DWELLING, run by Bath Spa's Mary Steadman, is part of an investigation into Hauntology and intermedial performance. This work will involve a short research presentation followed by a performance installation.
 
As part of this project, Mary filmed over a three day period at Poltimore House, a derelict mansion in Devon. The performance installation was constructed by filming improvised movement theatre scores in the rooms of the house. These have been edited into five short films, each one exploring the story of each of the rooms.
 
Inspired by ruins, this project investigates how spectral histories insist and disjoint time, creating a type of  spectral logic in the performance whereby the present is ghosted by layers of individual and cultural pasts. These stories are fragmented and repeat without end, producing unfinished narratives that are continually reworked.
 
For more information, visit Mary's website or the event page for Arnos Vale Cemetery.
 

Contributions to Law, Philosophy and Ecology: Exploring Re-Embodiments, 1st Edition

Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture
Co-editor with Ruth Thomas-Pellicer and Vito De Lucia

Contributions to Law, Philosophy and Ecology: Exploring Re-Embodiments is a preliminary contribution to the establishment of re-embodiments as a theoretical strand within legal and ecological theory, and philosophy. Re-embodiments are all those contemporary practices and processes that exceed the epistemic horizon of modernity. As such, they offer a plurality of alternative modes of theory and practice that seek to counteract the ecocidal tendencies of the Anthropocene. The collection comprises eleven contributions approaching re-embodiments from a multiplicity of fields, including legal theory, eco-philosophy, eco-feminism and anthropology. 

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