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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. 

Liz Pavey

Key Publications

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  • Enron, Prebble, L., Calvert, M., Roxburgh, E., Ryder, A., Pavey, L. 21 May 2014
  • Get Up and Tie Your Fingers, MacPherson, F., Pavey, L. 13 May 2014
  • Dancer, Pavey, L. 14 Aug 2012
  • Pollination Project, Pencak, C., Pavey, L. 2012
  • Untitled slow-motion improvised durational performance, Pavey, L., Rubidge, T. 2012
  • Barefoot@Seaton Delaval Hall, Liz, P. May 2011


  • 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

Further Information

Liz Pavey, dance artist/researcher (improviser, choreographer and teacher), has lectured in performance at Northumbria University since 2004. Her practical teaching in movement and contemporary dance is informed by her work as a Shiatus practitioner.  She is currently a Director of Learning and Teaching for the Department of Arts.  Liz is External Examiner for the BA and MA Dance programmes at Chester University.  She is qualified in business coaching and works as part of the university's Internal Coaching Network.  

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.  


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