A performer and choreographer Liz Lea trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Akademi in London. Based between London and Sydney for many years she is now based in Canberra as Artistic Director of Liz Lea Productions and Canberra Dance Theatre.
In 2015 she is co-directing the second DANscienCE Festival with Associate Professor Gene Moyle at QUT, directing the launch of National Science Week in the ACT and touring the GOLD over 55 dance company to Europe. Liz's work with Canberra Dance Theatre has a focus on community dance, particularly working with older dancers and dancers living with Special Needs.
Projects for 2014 included National Science Week, The Three Futurists for Griffyn Ensemble, Anthology at Westlake and an Homage to Ahmed Kathrada in November at Gorman House Arts Centre. In 2013 Liz was Choreographer in Residence at CSIRO Discovery and Directed DANscienCE, a dance and science symposium held in Canberra for National Science Week, August 2013. She also presented InFlight at the National Library of Australia and Seeking Biloela at The Street Theatre – two new solo works; Magnificus Magnificus inspired by the red tailed black cockatoo for Indigenous dance artist Tammi Gissell and Kapture, inspired by Ahmed Kathrada, imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela for 26 years.
As a dancer Liz has worked for the Royal Opera House, Ranjabati Sircar, Imlata, Sankalpam, English National Opera and English Bach Festival as a Baroque specialist.