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Tipping Point 2: Global Collaborations Dr. Alex Boyd (UK) and Dr. Andrea Garcia-Maciel (UK/BR

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Dr. Alex Boyd (UK) and Dr. Andrea Garcia-Maciel (UK/BR) directors of Intercultural Roots will reflect on their collaborative arts activist & mental wellbeing projects ‘Constellations’ & ‘Ripples’ (2020). ‘Ripples’ was undertaken in collaboration with indigenous performing artists across the globe focusing on spiritual, collaborative and eco-oriented practices of embodiment.

Chaired by Thomas Kampe and Mary Steadman

Dr. Andrea Maciel is a dance performer, scholar, therapist and teacher. Her academic/artistic work investigates the physical resonance of social urban landscapes through dance, performance and installations. She has taught movement techniques for actors to BA and Master Courses in Universities in Brazil, New York – US and United Kingdom. She has an extensive experience in Laban Bartenieff technique and has been teaching somatic approaches to CPD courses as well as utilising those techniques in her clinic therapy practice. She holds a PhD in Performing Arts at Federal University – Brazil with a Visiting Scholarship at New York University and has 20 years of practice on physical theatre training and somatic-healing approaches for dancers, actors and bodywork practitioners. Andrea is a core member of Cross-Pollination Platform of Theatre where she develops a collaborative embody research practice and Art Director for Intercultural Roots. Her passion to connect art, healing and public spaces performances coalesced the perfectly through her work Intercultural Roots program for Arts for Health and Social Change.

Dr Alex Boyd (Cert Ed, PG Dip, PhD, FRSA) has a passion for developing collaborations based on equity, integrity and mutual benefit. He is the conceiver and cofounder of the Embodied Research Working Group at the IFTR from which he cofounded and is currently the Executive Director of Intercultural Roots. Alex is a practitioner-scholar who graduated from the University of California at Davis PhD programme with a focus on Performance Studies and Critical Education. His dissertation entitled ‘The Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Systems’ draws on what is now 3 decades of professional work in practising, teaching and applying Chinese Taoist embodied culture to benefit communities in the UK, Europe and North America. Alex is a Research Associate with the University of California at Davis. His research explores how performers can cultivate and express their chi (qi) energy and has already benefited many dancers, musicians, athletes and even CEO’s. In his consultancy work he has supported many people and community groups, helping them to establish and resource grassroot charities (not-for-profits) and social enterprises. Alex and his wife Wendy are parents and live in Ilkley, Yorkshire. Alex enjoys playing guitar and walking up on Ilkley Moor and in the Yorkshire Dales

Funded by the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University, with thanks to Professor Kate Rigby

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