Workshop 6th of December

Animal Radio Collective’s Dance and Movement Workshop for beginners and advanced.

This workshop is part of our crowdfunding program for our new performance Book My Face. In this workshop we are going to give an introduction to different dance and movement techniques which we are exploring in our creative process.

Workshop will be divided into two parts:
Contact improvisation and Contemporary Dance/Capoeira Fusion. These will include release technique, yoga, elements of gaga, spiral dynamics, acrobatic basics and floor work.

The workshop will be suitable for beginnners to advanced dancers, or just anyone interested in exploring animalistic and organic ways of moving.

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Book My Face came from the deconstruction of the word of social media



The title of the performance Book My Face came from the deconstruction of the word facebook. The possibilities of creating new personal identities that facebook provides us in everyday life, provoked us into researching the complexity of this issue. All of the socio-political identities we used to inhabit as a part of behaving are creating our movement patterns.

In order to research into the subject of building identity our ideas are the exploration of the research of Doctor Beatrice Allegranti  – our chorographical mentor who is going to supervise our work. In her work she mentions about three different types of the bodies:

Autobiographical body – which includes our “life stories” and sociological and biological influences. Autobiographical body includes past, present and future as our bodies are always influenced by our past experience and future expectation.

Relational bodywhich is defining the way how we relate to ourselves and others.

Political body – responsible for our social position and the power of game present in the inter-relation of humans (Focault’s ‘The Theory of The Society of Power).

Our artistic approach to this concept is the question: is there a way to integrate all of those contradicting aspects of our bodies? What is our most authentic “selfie”?


Our aim for the last few rehearsals was to look into the contradiction of human behaviour in public and in private, portraying the influence of social media in our habitual movement. Choreographic inspiration materialized from research into online identities, informed by the work of Doctor Beatrice Allegrante (our choreographic mentor and supervisor). We have focused on the research of Beatrice that distinguishes between three different types of bodies: Autobiographical Body, Relational Body and Political Body. We finally ended up with more questions than we found answers to, but we thought of it still as a beginning.

How much does our online identity influence our private life?

To what extent has social media affected our relationship with others?

How do our online identities influence our communication and relational ability in the real world?

How much do the socio-political identities we inhabit as part of behaving create our movement patterns?

About Us


Maga Radlowska graduated from LCDC and Middlesex University with an MA in Choreography, recently danced for Zawirowanie Dance Theatre (touring across Europe and the Middle East) and teaches at Middlesex. Magdalena has been nominated for scholarships and won several awards, recently winning first prize in the Warsaw Polish Platform Choreography Contest.

Aneta Zwierzynska is a dancer and capoeira teacher. She obtained a double MA degree from Anton Bruckner University in Austria in movement research and dance pedagogy. She works on various dance projects and companies in Europe and Brazil, establishing a unique fusion of her experiences in contemporary dance and capoeira.

Alex Judd studied violin, piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Goldsmiths College, London. Alex is associate composer with Theatre Re, a violinist for Austentatious and an experienced session musician having recently toured with Bright Light Bright Light supporting Elton John.

Beatrice Allegranti is a dance filmmaker, choreographer and dance movement psychotherapist. In 2011 she was appointed Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and inaugural Director of the Centre for Arts Therapies Research at the University of Roehampton. Her international experience encompasses choreography and filmmaking as well as clinical practice and supervision.

Neil Emmanuel has drawn his way in to many roles as a graphic designer, storyboard artist, film Maker, cartoonist / comic artist, children’s book artist, painter and photographer.As the the principle 2D motion graphics artist on the award winning show “Time Team”, Britain’s greatest historical TV show, he was responsible for creating rich and informative content for over a decade. After going freelance in 2010 he worked for many channels (BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Nat Geo, History Channel to name a few), production companies and films, using his artistic skills to create illustrated and animated motion graphics, storyboards and concept work.Neil spent a few years exploring the world of Event Scribing which has developed his communication skills. He was able to mix and learn from other talented artists and facilitators in a highly creative and dynamic environment. Being no stranger to collaboration and interdisciplinarity he has been commissioned by experts from the fields of dance, film, psychology and psychotherapy.Neil has just completed his first historical children’s book with West Midlands History: “Hunting for History: Saxon Gold,” now available on Amazon. Going forward, Neil has aspirations for satire and art direction.


Creative process and all the way…

Following that we explored a few ideas based on reflections of society, politics and nature into movement. One idea we focused on is the fact that every single day of our lives is structured around the same habits and patterns of behaviour, which in turn are all influenced by a movement. Our lives are dictated by the routines that we inherit and develop from a young age, and the same repeated movements are programmed into our memory function right from day one. We started off with a simple, everyday movement gesture and discovered that there are many different perspectives of analyzing gestures, including: our personal life experience, mental attitude, bodily interaction on a physical level, unconscious relations, communication through conscious mind and social identification. Every one of these levels is integrated in our body and individually reflected in our movement. We have researched into what kind of information is hidden behind these everyday patterns; this interest goes much further than the body language idea. The idea is to develop this direction of movement from different gesture perspectives and to see how far we can go; to discover what can be hidden under each motivation and if it is dependent on the human configuration (I / Myself, Me / You as a relation, She / He as an observer, We as a community and We / They as a group). This will form the foundation for exploring our autobiographical, political and relational bodies.

Book My Face

15 Jan_Animal Radio_Book my face_Photo by Agnieszka Monika Dolata

For the last few rehearsals for our research and inspiration we used the poem of Charles Bukowski (fragm. Roll the Dice)

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.