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Liz Pavey, dance artist/researcher (improviser, choreographer and teacher), has lectured in performance at Northumbria University since 2004. Her practice research focuses on the relationship of the moving body to its environment interconnected with questions concerning somatic awareness and wellbeing. She enjoys working with Theatre & Performance and Fine Art students from Foundation to Postgraduate levels.  Her teaching in movement, contemporary dance, performance and the body is informed by her practice research and her work as a Shiatsu (Japanese bodywork) practitioner.  

Liz is currently Programme Leader for Drama and Fine Art Foundation Years. She is qualified in business coaching and works as part of the university's Internal Coaching Network. 

Liz is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She is External Examiner for BA Dance Performance & Teaching at UCLan and for MA Dance Performance & Choreography at University of Bedfordshire. She was previously External Examiner for Dance at Chester University and at MMU. 

Liz is a founding member and coordinator of d.i.n.e. (dance improvisation north east) a collective of professional artists whose innovative creative dance practice is informed by somatic practices and philosophy.  

Before joining Northumbria University, Liz was Senior Lecturer in Dance at Wolverhampton University. She holds an MA The Body & Representation from Reading University and a BA(Hons) Dance in Society from Surrey University. During her undergraduate studies she spent a year at Ohio State University taking courses in dance, LMA and advanced Labanotation. 

For details of Liz's current research please select 'Research Themes and Scholarly Interests' below.



Research interests

Liz Pavey is a dance artist/researcher (improviser, choreographer and teacher) whose practice investigates relationships between moving bodies and their environments. Her personal values, practice and research imperatives are concerned with fostering individual and collective wellbeing. Liz’s work is informed by phenomenology and theories of embodiment, somatics, perception and affect together with Eastern perspectives unpinning her work as a Shiatsu (Japanese bodywork) practitioner. Arising from her expertise in practices including Qigong, Contact Improvisation and Laban Movement Analysis, key research themes encompass slowness, grounding, empathy and sensitive touch.

Liz’z practice research is often site-specific or gallery based. Her recent projects Take Your Seats (at locations including the Shipley Art Gallery and Hexham Abbey) and Green Grass (for the Great Exhibition of the North FRINGE) have investigated basic actions of sitting, rolling, reclining and resting.

Liz values engaging in collaborative interdisciplinary research and is currently co-investigator on two projects:

The Other Side of Me (with writer Laura Fish) is a practice-led research project exploring how language and movement engage with a narrative concerning experiences of indigeneity, place, freedom, and young people's experience of the criminal justice system. The project has included intensive cross art-form experiences for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and young offenders at a Secure Children's Home. The current stage, funded by ACE, involves work with leading Indigenous Australian choreographer Gary Lang to create of a physical theatre performance combing different narrative forms – writing, dance, oral storytelling.  

Eyemouth People & The Sea (with theatre director Fiona MacPherson) is process-led practice research (funded by Creative Scotland) embedded within contemporary coastal environments and leading to cooperatively created participatory performances through the development of innovative methodologies that actively engage embodied listening. This work builds on the previous project in collaboration with this community, Get Up and Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching & Learning, PGCert

30 Jun 200131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001

Arts (general), MA (Hons), The Body & Representation

30 Jun 200131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001

External positions

University of Bedfordshire

1 Sept 20201 Oct 2024

University of Central Lancashire

1 Sept 20201 Oct 2024


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