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Liz Pavey

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts


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 Drama 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.  

Leadership positions she has held recently include Director of Learning and Teaching for the Department of Arts, Interim Programme Leader MA Theatre & Performance, and Link Tutor for Collaboraive Ventures (currently with Scottish School of Contemporary Dance).  Liz 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 the BA and MA Dance programmes at Chester University, and from autumn 2020 for BA Dance Performance & Teaching at UCLan.  She was previously External Examiner for Dance 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.



Liz Pavey

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Other Side of Me: Moving Words into Motion, Fish, L., Pavey, L. 25 Nov 2020, In: Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance
  • Green Grass: A Rolling Project, Pavey, L., Pencak, C., Rann, K. 7 Sep 2018
  • Rotation Process, Liston, K., Larkin, F., Pavey, L., Denman-Cleaver, T. 21 Apr 2018
  • Get Up and Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth, MacPherson, F., Pavey, L., Coburn, A., Wimhurst, K., Logan, E. 30 Apr 2017
  • Take a Pew, Pavey, L. 12 Feb 2017
  • Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox, Collard, H., Denton, G., Fudge, D., Hall, R., Hutton, J., Johnston, S., Pavey, L., Raven, S., Riseborough, S., Routledge, J., Steele, F., Watts, J. 22 Sep 2016
  • Take Your Seats, Pavey, E., Morehead, S., Arnfield, J., Turner, P., Atkinson, D., Lennox, S., Rubidge, T., Pagliaro, L., Street, K., Kennedy, A., Kerr, D., Kefala-Kerr, J., Rann, K., Hoile, C., Hoile, M., Blades, H., Hubbold, G., Driscoll, T., Bratby, B., Eatough, A. 6 Feb 2016
  • Take Your Seats on Campus, Pavey, L., Turner, P., Read, L., Richardson, C., Zardi, C., Hoile, C. 28 Jun 2016


  • Teaching & Learning PGCert June 30 2001
  • Arts (general) MA (Hons) June 30 2001
  • ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring 2015
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Often site-specific or gallery-based, Liz Pavey's practice research focuses on the relationship of the moving body to its environment interconnected with questions concerning embodied knowledge, affect, somatic sensibility and wellbeing.  Recent work at locations including the Shipley Art Gallery, Hexham Abbey and HMS Trincomalee, and for the Great Exhibition of the North FRINGE, investigates basic actions of sitting, rolling, reclining and resting.  Informed by her experience in Shiatsu, Contact Improvisation and Laban Movement Analysis, slowness, gravity, empathy and sensitive touch are key research themes.

Liz is currently focused on two collaborative research 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 an intensive cross art-form experience for a mixed group of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and young offenders at a Secure Children's Home.  The next stage, funded by ACE, will bring leading Indigenous Australian choreographer Gary Lang to the UK to create of a physical theatre performance.  

Eyemouth People & The Sea (with theatre director Fiona MacPherson) process-led practice research (funded by Creative Scotland) embedded within a contemporary coastal environment and leading to a new cooperatively developed participatory performances.  This work builds on the previous project in collaboration with this community, Get Up and Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth.  

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Gary Lang 2020
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Art in the Anthropocene 2019
  • Oral presentation: The Other Side of Me 2019
  • Oral presentation: Active Listening as Environment: empowering a coastal community to listen anew to their shared stories 2019
  • Oral presentation: Get Up and Tie Your Fingers: Choreography, Touch and Affect 2018
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Tim Supple 2017

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