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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Queering the Somatic: Interrupting the Narrative - One Month away!

Friday Nov 1st & Saturday Nov  2nd  (at Middlesex University, Hendon London UK)
Helen and I are curating the Symposium 'Queering the Somatic: interrupting the narrative.' 

There will be workshops and discussion, some MAPP and BAPP alumni will be presenting work - come along and support them if you are near London (or make a trip to attend). 

Queering the Somatic: Interrupting the Narrative Symposium 1st and 2ndNovember 2019. Dance can be seen as a critical way of being in the world. For us dance emphasises the felt over the ‘named’, dispelling binaries and challenging Western constructs of the passive body. Queer theory is a field of critical thinking emerging in the early 1990’s drawing on feminism and queer studies to challenge social constructs and identities. Moving beyond the social constructs of the body both dance and queer theory offer a fluidity for narrating the lived experience; narrations that interrupt dominant stories of identity and how we move through the world.

Queering the somatic offers opportunities to explore, challenge and celebrate the act of dispelling binaries: mind-body, male-female, subject-object. 

The symposium is looking for contributions that might re-imagine, re-educate, re-think, reveal and allow us to re-create a world without the limits of binaries that reflect the somatic experience of Being in the world. 

Queering the Somaticis the third somatic symposium curated by Dr Adesola Akinleye and Helen Kindred, following Wright-ing the Somatic(2016), 
and Narrating the Somatic(2018),

We hope; ‘Let’s imagine together we have all the money in the world and let’s let go of black and white, gay and straight, theory and practice and that all the gatekeepers have flung the doors open. Let’s focus on the arts, the practice and sharing. Understanding the world for a moment through someone else’s eyes’ (Akinleye, A. 2018)


  1. Hi Adesola, Where in Hendon campus will this be held?

  2. Hey Adesola. I would love to be able to attend this on Skype if possible? I am available all day Friday the 1st to tune in at any time. Thank you so much. xx

  3. Hi Adesola, can you tell me what times on 1 and 2nd Nov and are they both the same, so can attend on the 1st or the 2nd? Thank you