Thomas Kampe (Ph.D.) has worked as a performing artist, researcher and somatic educator across the globe. He works as Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University, UK, where he directs the Creative Corporealities Research Group. Collaborations include work with Liz Aggiss, Hilde Holger, Julia Pascal, Tanzinitiative Hamburg, Somatische Akademie Berlin and with Carol Brown on re-embodying the practices of choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser. His research focuses on critical somatic legacies and he recently edited JDSP Vol. 9. (2017) Bodily undoing: Somatics as practices of critique with Kirsty Alexander. Thomas is a practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method® and editor of the IFF research Journal Vol. 6 (2019): Practices of Freedom: The Feldenkrais Method and Creativity.
Thomas Kampe Body-Soma-SelfRe-embodying Dance Research
This chapter discusses possibilities and workings of critical somatic arts research from a practitioner perspective. The author debates questions, processes and problems concerning his research towards the integration of somatic processes within performance- making and training contexts. The chapter gives an insight into issues arising from the application of Feldenkrais Method®, a key twentieth century somatic modality, as preparatory, enactive tuning and emancipatory ethical process within performing arts research.