Embodimenta is a trans-disciplinary research platform

Embodimenta is a trans-disciplinary research platform about the human body, which is our primary condition and a free resource given by nature, allowing us to experience existence and generate reality.

Embodimenta addresses the awareness of the body as embodiment: the process through which we are not given a body, but we become one. We become our Self and the reality of the World around us, by means of what our body does and experiences.

This platform embraces and applies the ground-breaking paradigm of embodiment, in order to understand and change the intimate and collective realities that we embody.

01. Arts & Humanities

Embodimenta draws on the studies of embodiment in Cultural Anthropology, which understand the body as a sense-making agent that shapes our knowledge, identity, and culture in the World. More fundamentally, Embodimenta draws on scientific, humanist, and spiritual understandings of our human embodied nature, which have been disclosed from the ancient times to the present day.

02. Science

The purpose of this platform is to share this original awareness of being, together with its possible and innovative applications. The awareness of embodiment overcomes binary divisions of mind and body, and breaks through the illusion of our separateness from the outer reality, as, in actual fact, we become a whole reality with the World we experience.

03. Spirituality

Embodimenta allows for a rounded approach to embodiment; it is a constellation of practice-led research, along with cutting-edge studies, which merge science and art. This trans-disciplinary research carries explorations into the poetics, politics, cultures, biological sciences, spiritual awareness, and healing processes of embodiment. It creates an open horizon, employing different media, from writing to experiential activities, site-responsive interventions, performances, and visuals.


Oriana Haddad

She was born in Milan, Italy, from an Italian mother and an Egyptian/Lebanese-Armenian father. She currently lives and works in London, UK.

Her multi-disciplinary background began with an early training in ballet, followed by modern dance and theatre. She moved to New York, USA, where she attended classes and workshops in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and Butoh dance, at Movement Research. In New York, she received her Diploma in Body Movement Analysis, from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Advanced Movement Studies. This embodied approach to movement and consciousness uses a combined methodology of studies and physical training: Rudolf Laban’s principles of harmony and efficiency of body movement in space; the physical re-education and therapeutic method of Irmgard Bartenieff; and studies in non-verbal communication, developmental, and somatic studies, which draw on Body-Mind Centering.

She returned to Italy, where she gained a BA in Ethno-Cultural Anthropology, from the Alma Mater University of Bologna. In her studies, she focused on issues of perception of the Self and of the World, as rooted in cultural, social, and psychological patterns. Then she moved to London in order to deepen her knowledge of the interpretation of the human body in bio-medical sciences, western and oriental philosophies, religions, and cultures of the World. She gained an MA in Anthropology of the Body and Health of the XXI° Century, from Goldsmiths College.

As an anthropologist, performer, movement analyst, and visual artist, she is continually carrying out theoretical and experiential projects, which explore the process of embodiment; these challenge the relationship between body and space, body and identity, body and society, body and migration, body and health, and seek to open up other potential fields where research with and through the body is possible.