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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 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.

'Using Stories to Engage with Research'

Wednesday 25 March

CM.134, Newton Park Campus, Bath Spa University

6.30-8.30pm

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.

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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