Angela Kennedy

Angela Kennedy

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Gallery educator, Community worker

I am a multi-disciplinary artist, activist and somatic dance practioner. I am interested in how my inherently choreographic practice manifests into performance installation, poetry, movement, walking, spoken word, drawing and video. My work is about embodied processes and the body. Since 2008 I have completed a transition from my training in Fine Art to a point whereby I have integrated and utilised both my skills and identity as a movement artist and visual artist.

I make work through a process of investigations using improvised movement scores arising from site specific spaces. I then translate those responses into installations and performances, often with a live audience.

In a site specific residency for '25sg' I used Authentic Movement processes to develop improvised movement scores. This work explored my relationship to the spaces and developed material which resonated with me physically and emotionally. Out of that process, themes of the elemental, injury and nurturing emerged, resulting in three installations, part of which was video and live performance. Please see the 25sg link on my CV. My work has investigated the different body systems through the experiential training of Body-Mind Centring in the USA and Germany; particularly the Skeleton, Organ and Nervous systems. These explorations manifested into text and poetry, were embroidered onto clothes, embossed on copper sculptures, and then developed into soft white multiples of felt sculpture. In two solo exhibitions of paintings I focused on the use of improvisation through colour, gesture and mark making, using oils, acrylics and mixed media.

As a dance performance artist I have made over twenty five pieces of performance and dance theatre. My movement and dance work is influenced by the experimental movement forms of Contact Improvisation, Release and artists such as Rosemary Butcher and Pina Bausch. I have made performances for theatres, galleries, cabaret evenings, parks, poetry and women's events; often using text as part of the performance.

More recently I have combined my practice based research on feminist theory of embodiment and the reclaiming of rural territory, through artist led workshops on the different body systems; this included walking in woodland environments, exploring writing, drawing and authentic movement responses focusing on the senses and principles of Body -Mind Centering.  

My socially engaged practice overlaps my own art practice, both areas of my practice reflect a lifelong focus on issues concerning social justice, identity and gender. This might include, for example, walking with others in particpatory projects in rural settings as well as within urban communities, so as to discover and engage with people in small but powerful ways, through gentle conversations about their communities and lives, with responses through mark making, drawing, text, poetry and acts of collective performance poetry.

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Location Gateshead, North East
Activities Primary education, Further education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Community arts, Gallery education
Artforms / type of project Education project, Installation, Performance, Research, Text
Tags Installation, movement, embodiment, experiential, text, performance, choreography, women, community, drawing