Translocations (2013)

Perspectives on Dance

How does a piece of contemporary dance fare under the lens of a neuroscientist? Will its poetics inspire a professor of robotics?

Shobana Jeyasingh presented one of her works, Bruise Blood, to six academics chosen for their professional interest in the human body and asked them to comment on it from their specialist perspective. These personal, insightful and unusual writings became the scripts for six highly individual film portraits which reveal the academic, their work and dance in a new light.

Each film, shot in locations in or around King’s College London, draws attention to unexpected commonalities, connecting ideas across seemingly wide gulfs. Defining them is the question of how we make sense of and portray the human body – in dance, in science, in a robot led future and through the lens.

Translocations was created as part of the Knowledge Producers programme developed by the Cultural Institute at King’s. This programme connects King’s College London with artists, creating space for where conventions are challenged and original perspectives emerge.

Image: Pete Gomes

Launch Date

London – 21 March 2014

Presented by the Cultural Institute at King’s as part of the Knowledge Producers Programme
King’s College London, Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

Presented by Judith Mackrell

Watch Films

Translocations: Dr Sarah Cooper

Translocations: Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Translocations: Dr Paul Sweetman

Translocations: Prof Kaspar Althoefer

Translocations: Dr Johan Andersson

Translocations: Dr Darren Williams

Film Stills

Academic Collaborators

Creative Team

  • Concept, Research & Artistic Direction
    Shobana Jeyasingh
  • Film Direction & Editing
    Pete Gomes
  • Sound Editing
    Fred De Faye
  • Sound Recording
    Will Saunders


Co-produced by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance & the Cultural Institute at King’s College London as part of the Knowledge Producers programme.

Made with support from Arts Council England and King’s College London.

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