‘Knees up Mother Brown’
by Natalie Garrett Brown
This work is a meditation on my paternal grandmother Annie Brown, known to us all as ‘Nanny Brown’. Through walking, moving and reflective writing memories and myths about Annie Brown are lightly woven amongst objects of my grandmother. These objects, some actual and some recreated, are offered as a shrine to her work-a-day-life of child rearing, piano playing, tea-lady, and apple pie making all of which she detailed in her daily diary entries.
Natalie Garrett Brown is Head of School for Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University, UK, where she is an associate of the Centre for Dance Research. She is associate editor for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and is vice chair for DanceHE (Standing Conference of Dance in Higher Education). Natalie is co-convener of the International Conference for Dance & Somatic Practices, held biannually at Coventry University. She is also a founding member of enter & inhabit, a collaborative site responsive project. Her current research and artistic project flockOmania, explores collaborative practice across dance, sound, film and the visual arts.