Moving Memories in Residence
To be in residence. To be resident, located, present, embedded. Residence as research. Resident in a residential care home.

Alice MacKenzie will be researching the ways in which a dance artist could develop a rich, long term relationship with an elderly care home, specifically focusing on movement and dance within a dementia care setting. She is interested in how Chisenhale Dance Space can be located in its wider geographical community, and connected to its neighbours, including those for whom the CDS building is inaccessible.

Research Question:

What is the relationship between a residence and a resident? In what ways can a dance artist become part of and enrich the life and ecology of an elderly care home

For this project Alice will be receiving supervision from a professional psychologist.


Alice Mckenzie is a dance artist from London. Alice’s first dance classes were at Chisenhale Dance Space in 1989, where she remembers being a lion whilst dancing to pan pipes. In 2012 Alice worked with CDS and Silk Court Care Home on a project called Moving Memories, resulting in a book and a desire to further develop her practice around dance and dementia. Over the last 10 years Alice has worked alongside other artists and organisations making books, films, performances and installations in schools, care homes, forests, libraries, galleries and a swimming pool. Alice has also worked in research and performance projects with artists including Harriet Plewis, Cally Spooner, Tino Sehgal, Yvonne Rainer and Oreet Ashery, often making performances for non-theatre spaces. Alice has recently started studying on the New Performative Practice Masters programme at DOCH and is living between London and Stockholm. You can find out more about her work and research on her blog.

Paul Terry is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in Private Practice in London.  Paul had a long career in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, latterly  in a Specialist Mental Health team for Older People.  In parallel with his clinical work he taught Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck College in the University of London.  He has written extensively about his clinical work. The second edition of his book Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People: A Psychodynamic Approach, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008 and a further piece about dementia,   ‘A Psychodynamic Perspective on Dementia Care’ in Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, July 2010, 10, 3, 12-15.