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Sidonie's research considers the body as a site of becoming, and places the body at the centre of knowledge acquisition to understand the effects of movement, travel and technology on identity.

She has recently finished doctoral research with a scholarship from Royal Holloway University of London. Her PhD research sits within a triangulation of the themes of bodies, borders, and data. It is written during, and born of, a time where bodies and digital technology have become closely intertwined. It offers an exploration into the concept of the body as data in relation to migrating bodies in performance, aiming to ask how dance and movement practice might create an intervention whereby bodies as moving data are removed from their problematic fixed identities to create new narratives.


Sidonie is still developing practice within and beyond this research with fellow artist and refugee Tom Tegento. Sidonie is using this exploration to consider the implications of performance on migration (the trauma it induces) and the implications of new technologies at borders as an oppressive force. The project offers an exploration into the concept of the body as data as a world building experience and a transformative approach for artists working with migrating bodies. It’s important that this research creates equal relationships and ethical engagement between those being researched and the researcher – it looks to test an ethics for a better way of collaborating, an alternative way of creating work with bodies considered as other.

Within this research, the artists worked to create a methodology through practice, and specifically through creating two performance events in collaboration with someone who has experienced forced migration: a performative mobile phone app, and a live site-specific performance in Margate. Through this collaboration Sidonie considered how this process of working might open possibilities for a methodology for other similar projects to avoid the pitfalls of creating work which deals with forced migration, and thus avoids pushing migrating bodies further into oppression.

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