Grief and the dancing body

SKH Dance welcomes you to an online open lecture with choreographer and dance researcher, Phyllis Akinyi, on the dancing body and creating in the midst of times of loss, loneliness and injustice. Welcome!

Phyllis Akinyi will be giving a talk about her artistic trajectory and how she uses her body and dance practice to heal emotional wounds and engage in societal conversations.

The talk will centre around the last couple of years of her career and how nature, ancestral movement and embodied spirituality have helped in carving a path as a flamenco dancer and dance-based performance artist.

Lecturer Phyllis Akinyi

Phyllis Akinyi (she/her) is a Danish-Kenyan dancer, choreographer, performance artist, and dance researcher currently studying for a Master’s degree in Flamencology from the Conservatory of Music in Barcelona (ESMUC).

She works with traditional and experimental flamenco and has spent the last five years developing artistic works that highlight African and Diasporan expressions within flamenco. Her general artistic practice investigates the ‘betwixt and between’, or more specifically; the entanglements of movement, culture, and identity, from an anthropological lens of bodies caught in cultural ‘in-betweens’.

Her latest piece G.R.I.E.F. is a durational exploration of emotional release and spiritual trance through flamenco rhythms, which premiered at Yellow Fish Festival in New York in May 2021.

When and where?

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

No pre-registration, but a limited number of participants to a max of 500 listeners. 

The lecture will be held in English, and not be recorded or available after.


Photo by Olga Rabetskaya


SKH Dance Open Lectures

SKH Dance Open Lectures is a recurring lecture series where the Department of Dance welcomes the public to join in as dancers and academics associated with SKH Dance share their work and ideas in a variety of forms and formats.