Symposium: Frontiers of Dance and Health

As part of our dance and older peoples health programme we are supporting the Frontiers of Dance and Health Symposium on the 10th and 11th May 2017.

This two-day symposium is an opportunity for practitioners to share ways in which somatic movement practices and improvisation are applied when working one-to-one and in groups in hospitals, hospices, healthcare environments and the community. Workshops will be led by members of the Knowing Body Network: Penny Collinson, Daphne Cushnie, Lisa Dowler, Susie Tate and Miranda Tufnell.

To book on click here (Please note there are only a limited number of spaces available and your place is only confirmed upon receipt of payment).

A somatic approach holds our human nature or human-ness as central in relationship. Practitioners bring to their work a sense of connection and bodily
support and have a holistic approach to working with people; meeting the whole person and offering person-centred creative practice. It is a valuable role that can complement and support medical interventions and positively contribute to wellbeing and the experience of living with illness.

Dancers approach their work with a refined awareness of - sensory perception, movement, touch, spontaneity – above all listening to what is moving in themselves and another.

Frontiers of Dance and Health will enable practitioners to share ways in which they create relationships in both one-to-one contexts and in groups. Through workshops, films, presentations and discussions, the symposium will:

  • -Present ways in which dancers work alongside medical staff and complement the patient process in hospital
  • - Share the approaches which dancers use when working with individuals, groups and healthcare practitioners in both health and community contexts

  • - Create space for dialogue and shared learning

Provocations (evening session 10th May)
As part of the symposium we invite proposals for short ‘provocations’.  These will be 10 minute informal talks by participants; an opportunity to share your work or an idea in a relaxed and supportive environment.  Please contact Lisa Dowler on for a proposal template.

Frontiers of Dance and Health is supported by Cheshire Dance, hosted by Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC) as part of the Inhabit project; a partnership with Bluecoat, Liverpool’s Centre for the Contemporary Arts.

Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

10th May - 10am - 5pm & Provocations (optional) 5pm-7pm

11th May - 10am - 5pm

Early Bird discount (up to 30th March) £90 thereafter £100

Early Bird discount concessions (up to 30th March) £70 thereafter £80 (proof needed)

Travel Information
The Bluecoat is situated in the centre of Liverpool, just behind Church Street, down Church Alley and in front of Liverpool ONE. Enter the Bluecoat from the front courtyard off School Lane, or via the back garden off College Lane.

School Lane is a 5 minute walk down Hanover Street from Liverpool Central Station (Merseyrail) and 15 minutes walk from Liverpool Lime Street (National Rail).

Frequent buses run along Hanover Street (Services 74, 75, 80, 80A, 82, 86) to Paradise Street Interchange. Alight by BBC Radio Merseyside.

There is a multi-storey 'Q-Park' car park on Hanover Street just opposite College Lane.

Please note that College Lane itself is pedestrianised, and there is limited access for drop-off on School Lane.

For further information about the Knowing Body Network go to their website:

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