Liz Lea. Photo Nino Tamburri

DANscienCE | Moving Well

One Day Event where Dance and Science Meet

Dance and science will collide with DANscienCE Moving Well, a one-day event featuring 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 US and the UK who will discuss topics such as mental health, connection to country, technique, mixed abilities and recovery from illness. 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.

For the full program, visit: www.form.org.au/moving-well


DANscienCE Moving Well

Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Saturday 2nd June, 10am – 9pm
Tickets start at $65 for Adults and $38 for Seniors/Concession – from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au


Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
8pm on Friday 1st June and Saturday 2nd June
Tickets: Adult $35 and Conc $28 – from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au


LIZ LEA is a performer, choreographer and producer based in Australia after 20 years in Europe, touring internationally. Her work has been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and USA. Liz was the 2017 ACT Artist of the Year and won a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! Liz runs two Festivals: DANscienCE – where dance and science meet – and BOLD, celebrating the legacy of dance. Her children’s show Reef UP! toured to 40 venues in late 2017. Her new one-woman show, RED, premiered in 2018 to critical acclaim. Liz is Program Curator for Ausdance ACT.
PROFESSOR GRAHAM FARQUHAR AO, FAA, FRS, NAS is the 2018 Senior Australian of the Year in recognition of his work in protecting food security in the world’s changing climate. He is a Fellow of The Australian Academy of Science, of the Royal Society of London, and ​a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has over 300 research publications and is a leading Australian Citation Laureate. Graham was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2015, the Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture by the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and the 2017 Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences. In 1970 Graham founded the NUDE (National University Dance Ensemble) which became Canberra Dance Theatre in 1978. He danced with several companies around the world including Michigan State University and the Lansing Ballet.