Connecting Conversations is an ongoing series of events bringing together practitioners from the arts with practitioners from the world of psychoanalysis. Loipa Araújo, leading Cuban ballerina (one of the four jewels of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba) and much sought after teacher in the UK and worldwide, explored with psychoanalyst Dr Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra the parallels between her role as ballet teacher and the role of the psychoanalyst in the therapeutic relationship and within a psychoanalytic training.
Connecting Conversations emerged as part of the Islington based Rowan Arts Project when Ruth Robinson, then Director of the charity and a Psychoanalyst, brought together practitioners from the world of psychoanalysis with creatives working in the Arts. The events aim to make connections between individuals, organisations, disciplines and ideas.
In 2013, under the auspices of Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy and in union with The Bridge Foundation, Lorraine Vivian met with Ruth to explore the possibility that we might host similar talks in the South West. The first Bristol based Connecting Conversation was held in May 2014.