Camille has been researching somatics and social justice since 2014. This research is the foundation of the methodology used by the Collective Liberation Project, a diversity and inclusion organisation, which Camille founded in 2015. Most recently Camille was invited to present at the 2020 Somatic Movement Summit, to an international audience of 50k. To read more about Camille's practice, check out their interview with performing borders.
Camille's interest in somatics and social justice developed while living in the USA and being actively involved in movements for racial justice from 2012 - 2016. As a freelance dancer, clown & performance artist, Camille was acutely aware of how their body was responding to, and internalising, the trauma of social inequity within the US context.
In Oakland, Camille also worked as a youth worker at a restorative justice school, with students who were heavily impacted by incarceration and the intersecting harms of the war on drugs.
In this context, it became clear that discrimination and systems of oppression are directly enacted onto the body. The harms that come from racism, sexism, ableism and other forms of discrimination, are carried in our bodies, often manifesting as physical pain, anxiety, hypervigilance and other symptoms. Many scholars, including Rae Johnson, Bessel Van Der Kolk and Martha Eddy echo this in their work.
Camille noticed that many spaces for embodied healing do not acknowledge the trauma of oppression, let alone work with ways to re-pattern this within our bodies and communities.
In response, Camille began to offer sessions on Embodied Social Change, exploring the intersections of oppression and the body using dance, somatics and peer counselling techniques. In recent years, this work has expanded to include talks, consultancy and coaching.
If you are interested in working with Camille, please check out their offerings.
CHANI BOCKWINKEL / PHOTOGRAPHER
Camille was commissioned by Performing Borders Live to deliver Embodied Social Change sessions at The Attenborough Centre(Brighton) and Deptford Lounge (London). This work has also been shared at various venues and festivals in the UK including Black Sheroes and Walthamstow Art Night (2019).
Stills taken from Bodies for Change- An award winning documentary about trauma and the body, in which Camille is featured. The film is directed by Julia Dotoros Garcia, Victoria Alessandrini and Tomoko Ushiro. It premiered
at the Vox Feminae Festival in Croatia during May 2020.