Dance and science meet in one event

Posted on: 18/5/2018 8:45AM

Liz Lea produces event for FORM Dance ProjectsDance and science will collide at Riverside Theatres on June 2 with DANscienCE Moving Well, a one-day event including performances, talks, a panel discussion and films. Presented by FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres, the program will feature guest dance artists and health specialists exploring the nexus between dance, science, health, wellbeing and longevity.


DANscienCE Moving Well has been curated by award-winning choreographer, performer and producer Liz Lea, who said the day will delve into current research and practice in the areas of dance and health, and how it brings value to our bodies at varying stages of life.


“The day will include 15 incredible speakers hailing from across Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. who will discuss topics such as mental health, connection to country, technique, mixed abilities and recovery from illness,” Lea said. “In addition, there will be inspiring performances and film screenings to check out throughout the day. I highly recommend everyone to get along to this celebration of dance and science!”


Patron of the event, Professor Graham Farquhar AO, a distinguished scientist, former professional dancer and 2018 Senior Australian of the Year, acknowledges, “As a dancer I made a wonderful biophysicist.”


The DANscienCE Moving Well program includes:


- Thought-provoking talks by experts in health and movement. 


- A panel discussion between dance and health professionals on ways the arts and science can come together to improve wellbeing. The panel will include Graham Farquhar and will be moderated by award-winning author and journalist Caroline Baum. 


- Inspiring short performances by the GOLDS, a dance group for people aged 55 years and over; and Offbeat Dance Group, comprised of members with Parkinson’s Disease.


- Film screenings of On View: Icons (Excerpts) by Sue Healey, a collection of portraits of iconic dance artists, including a rare live performance by dance legend Eileen Kramer (103 years old); and Michelle’s Story by Meryl Tankard, an insight into the world of dance and disability through the journey of Michelle Ryan, a celebrated Australian dancer with Multiple Sclerosis.


- RED, a new solo work by Liz Lea inspired by her experiences with endometriosis, featuring dance, film, spoken word and song. Lea was recipient of the 2017 ACT Artist of the Year Award and a 2017 Australian Dance Award. (RED will be presented on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m.)


For the full program, visit DANscienCE Moving Well will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Riverside Theatres, located at the Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. Tickets start at $65 for adults and $38 for seniors/concession. Call (02) 8839 3399 or visit to book tickets. Watch the event trailer here. 


Photo: Liz Lea. Photo by Nino Tamburri.



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