Lisa Dowler, Small Things Dance Collective, Alder Hey Children's Hospital

For this talk Lisa will give an overview of Small Things’ work at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital over the last 15 years. This includes one-to-one somatic dance sessions, research and performance projects, from large scale public performance to intimate bespoke bedside performance. Small Things have worked extensively in neuro rehabilitation, pre and post cardiac surgery, the mental health unit and renal dialysis.

About Lisa

Lisa is an independent dance artist, researcher and Somatic Movement Educator, inspired by Contact Improvisation, Instant Composition and Body-Mind Centering. In 2006 she became Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s first Dance Artist in Residence. This long-term collaboration developed with Small Things Dance Collective includes one-to-one and small group somatic dance sessions with infants, children and young people; large-scale public to intimate bespoke bedside performance; two research studies; a Somatic Dance App and most recently during the Covid pandemic, nature-inspired dance films and socially distanced music and dance performance.

She also led projects for Dance Art Foundation in care settings including children’s hospices and in 2013-15 was part of an EU wide project ‘SPARKS’ researching disability and BMC®.

As a senior lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University between 2007-2015, Lisa’s teaching centred on the relationships between nature, the body and wellbeing. Currently she is a consultant on an AHRC funded cross-disciplinary academic network of artists and health practitioners exploring health, dance, somatics and technology with C-Dare, Coventry University and Edge Hill University.

Cost of the session is £15 and we only have 25 spaces available. Please do not let finance be a barrier, email [email protected] to book your space/s.