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GEMMA COLLARD-STOKES

Dance Artist

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THE ARTIST

Gemma Collard-Stokes

Gemma Collard-Stokes is an independent interdisciplinary performance artist, researcher and educator based in Derbyshire. A common aspect across Gemma's academic and artistic work is the exploration of dance in it's therapeutic capacity. This extends from her doctorate research, ‘Dissolving Borders’ (2017), in which she demonstrated how principles of ecologically conscious movement improvisation can be applied to acts of writing in order to enrich articulation and assimilation of the suchness of a union between body, mind and Earth. 
Gemma's current interests align with prominent subjects within women’s studies, such as motherhood, birth trauma, body image disturbances, aging and invisibility. These investigations centre on how dance, and in particular ecosomatic movement practice, can offer [re]connection for those who experience a growing sense of detachment from their body. This work is embedded in enquiry that seeks to explore the ways in which human relationships with land and environment (including the natural world of animals and plants) through bodily interactions can support recovery, connection and orient us in the world.

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Upcoming Events

  • Poetry and Movement Workshop at Postlip Hall and grounds, Cheltenham
    Poetry and Movement Workshop at Postlip Hall and grounds, Cheltenham
    Sat, 02 Apr
    Postlip Hall
    02 Apr 2022, 10:00 – 20:30
    Postlip Hall, Winchcombe, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 5AQ, UK
    02 Apr 2022, 10:00 – 20:30
    Postlip Hall, Winchcombe, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 5AQ, UK
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  • Body as Place Workshop
    Body as Place Workshop
    Fri, 09 Jul
    Civic Lab Symposium
    09 Jul 2021, 14:00 BST
    Civic Lab Symposium
    09 Jul 2021, 14:00 BST
    Civic Lab Symposium
    This workshop will develop awareness of the ways our bodies might be thought of as our primary unit of localism - the point in which we can establish a sense of home, community and togetherness.
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  • Writing Body Workshop at Poetry Emergency!
    Writing Body Workshop at Poetry Emergency!
    Fri, 22 Nov
    Salford University New Adelphi Building
    22 Nov 2019, 10:00 – 12:00
    Salford University New Adelphi Building, Salford M5 4WT, UK
    22 Nov 2019, 10:00 – 12:00
    Salford University New Adelphi Building, Salford M5 4WT, UK