Dr Helen Kindred


Dr Helen Kindred
NameDr Helen Kindred
Job titleDirector of Programmes for Dance
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Arts
Email addressH.Kindred@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5747-3333
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Helen Kindred, PhD. is a dance-artist and scholar, co-Artistic Director of DancingStrong Movement Lab with Adesola Akinleye and Director of Dance and Professional Practice Programmes at Middlesex University. Helen has toured internationally as a performer and presented choreographic work at venues, festivals and conferences over the past twenty eight years. Her work engages with people and places, creating improvisations of touch, text, sound, and image and has been presented as part of the InsideOut Festival, London (2015), 4th International Festival of Theatre and Dance, Wałbryzch, Poland (2016), estancias coreograficas symposium, Oviedo, Spain (2017), Light Moves Festival of ScreenDance, Limerick, Ireland (2018), Inshadow Festival of ScreenDance, Lisbon, Portugal (2018), Seya Festival of ScreenDance, Tehran, Iran (2019), The Place, London (2020) and as part of Global Water Dances, London (2021), Park Picnic Festival, Croatia (2023), DSML schools tour, London (2023).9th International Festival of Theatre and Dance, Wałbryzch, Poland (2023),. Publications include ‘In-the-Between-ness: Decolonising and re-inhabiting our dancing’, co-authored chapter with Dr Adesola Akinleye in Narratives in Black British Dance Embodied Perspectives (Akinleye, A. (ed. 2018), KnowingUnknowing, co-authored DVD published by Farpoint Recordings (2019), ‘Improvisation and Change’ article in Animated (Summer 2020), ‘Moving Meditations: embodying Bartenieff Fundamentals through sensorial awareness of breath, bones, and gravity’, Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities (2022). Forthcoming publications for 2024 include; The ‘Female’ Dancer: a soma-scientific approach (co-edited with Claire Farmer), Routledge Taylor Francis Group and Scores of the City, Scores of the Shore; materials, eco-somatics, dance and Place-making, (co-authored with Dr Adesola Akinleye), Intellect Publishers. 

Teaching

Teaching areas include somatic practices (Bartenieff Fundamentals/Embodied Fundamentals), improvisation and choreographic practice, lectures/seminar facilitation in practice as/is research, research design and methodologies, ethics. 

PGR supervision, Yoana Stoeva -  Somatics, mental health and dance education (2023-2026)

Employment

Director of Dance and Professional Practice programmes
Middlesex University
24 Sept 2007
31 Jan 2024
Co-Artistic Director
DancingStrong Movement Lab
03 Jan 2020
02 Dec 2031

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Evidence to public body

Somatic Movement Creative Specialist
Association of Somatic Movement & Dancing Therapies UK and Eire
27 Aug 2021

PhD (practice as research)

Practice of Bartenieff Fundamentals (15 years)

Educator in HE (15 years)

https://www.uksmdt.com/

External activities

Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices
External peer-reviewer
Intellect
https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-of-dance-somatic-practices
11 Jun 2019
31 Jan 2024

Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices
Guest editor
Intellect

co-guest editor of special issue

https://intellectdiscover.com/docserver/fulltext/jdsp/11/1/jdsp.11.1.3_2.pdf?expires=1705528608&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=02500917A903F9ED7DE0DEEBBA7879F9
08 Jan 2019
19 Jul 2019

Dance, Movement & Spiritualities
External peer-reviewer
Intellect
https://www.intellectbooks.com/dance-movement-spiritualities
09 Jun 2021
31 Jan 2024

Research outputs

Dancing the in-between-ness: (re)articulating Bartenieff Fundamentals through improvised dance performance-making

Kindred, H. 2022. Dancing the in-between-ness: (re)articulating Bartenieff Fundamentals through improvised dance performance-making. PhD thesis Middlesex University Arts and Creative Industries

Moving meditations: embodying Bartenieff Fundamentals through sensorial awareness of breath, bones, and gravity

Kindred, H. 2021. Moving meditations: embodying Bartenieff Fundamentals through sensorial awareness of breath, bones, and gravity. Dance, Movement & Spiritualities. 8 (1-2), pp. 57-72. https://doi.org/10.1386/dmas_00026_1

espacement

Kindred, H. 2019. espacement.

KnowingUnknowing

Dwyer, B. and Kindred, H. 2019. KnowingUnknowing.

Wright-ing the somatic: narrating the bodily

Akinleye, A. and Kindred, H. 2019. Wright-ing the somatic: narrating the bodily. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. 11 (1), pp. 3-6. https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.11.1.3_2

...whispers

Kindred, H. 2019. ...whispers.

KnowingUnknowing

Gomes, P., Dwyer, B. and Kindred, H. 2018. KnowingUnknowing.

In-the-between-ness: decolonising and re-inhabiting our dancing

Kindred, H. and Akinleye, A. 2018. In-the-between-ness: decolonising and re-inhabiting our dancing. in: Akinleye, A. (ed.) Narratives in Black British Dance: Embodied Practices Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 65-78

KnowingUnknowing and the Corporeal

Kindred, H., Dwyer, B. and Gomes, P. 2018. KnowingUnknowing and the Corporeal.

Knowing/Unknowing

Dwyer, B. and Kindred, H. 2016. Knowing/Unknowing. Middlesex University London Mar 2016
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