Lizzi Kew Ross

Role

Dance lecturer, choreography

Contact details

Address: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Faculty of Dance Laban Building Creekside London, SE8 3DZ

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 9400

Website: lizzikewrossandco.co.uk

Biography

Lizzi Kew Ross is a choreographer, performer and teacher.

She trained at Roehampton University and London Contemporary Dance School graduating with a B Ed and MA in choreography.

She has been involved in performing, teaching and choreographing in many different contexts: working in theatre companies as a movement director, choreographing musicals with commissions for Arts Theatre Cambridge, performances for Yorkshire Arts with mime artist Geoffrey Stevenson, performance work in Uganda and cabarets for Hilton Hotels.

Lizzi works at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has worked at The Place, Birkbeck College, Guildhall for the Opera Course and at Arts Ed in Chiswick.

Recent choreographic credits include: December 1952, the graphic score by Earle Brown for Chelsea Space, curated by Cally Spooner, and also performed at the South Bank as part of Move, Choreographing You at the Hayward Gallery in 2010,
Musical Director, Ian Mitchell; Harmony of the Spheres at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, directed by Stephen Montague; Colourscape on Clapham Common also directed by Stephen Montague; Mapping the Hand, an installation with dancers in response to the artist, Jake Lever’s work for Wallspace, Gallery London Wall; Space Between the Notes for Excellent at Sadler’s Wells. Also, with Douglas Finch, she co- directed In the Moment Improvisation Festival, with 350 performers over three days in site-specific locations.

Lizzi’s work abroad includes teaching at Taiwan University of the Arts, community dance projects for drug charities in Hong Kong, and a research project with Leeds University and Shanghai Theatre School where she worked with Chinese
Opera performers.

Her latest work includes: Loss of breath at Selfridges. as part of Project Ocean, and Speak but one word to me, a commission for Dance United and The Bulldog Trust in response to the William Morris exhibition at 2 Temple Place and performed at 2 Temple Place. Lizzi Kew Ross & Co also presented Please Visit The Churchyard at St. Vedast churchyard in June 2012, as part of Celebrate the City weekend, and Without Warning, a movement, sound and light piece. Without Warning, inspired by images in Brian Keenan’s memoir, An Evil Cradling, premiered at Laban Theatre in 2010 and had a 2 week run at The Old Vic Tunnels, London in February 2012.

Without Warning will be at the Belfast International Festival in November 2013 and, using the piece as source material, the company is developing an artist book app with Alpha-ville: Art, Tech, Music, Web Culture this year.

Qualifications / Educational Background

Lizzi trained at the Froebel Institute and London Contemporary Dance School gaining an MA in Choreography.

Teaching Experience

As well as Trinity Laban, Lizzi also teaches at The Place Evening School and Birkbeck College.

Creative Outputs

Reading with Bach

Lizzi led a new London walk, Walking and Talking Books, in March 2014.

A key feature of The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) Winter Walking Weekend (28 Feb-2 Mar); the walk was part of the research for Reading with Bach, the brand new work from Lizzi Kew Ross & Co, which will premiere at the Laban Theatre on 23 April.

TCCE's Winter Walking Weekend involved a range of highly diverse and eclectic walks, led by academics from across TCCE's partner universities, and took place over the weekend in neighbourhoods such as King's Cross, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Mile End, Farringdon and the City. Other themes included the lost theatres of Shakespeare and Jewish immigrant life in London's East End.

In Walking and Talking Books, participants will discuss one of series of books while walking through a number of interconnected routes in the City of London. Inspired by Reading with Bach, which is inspired by observing people reading as they walk and read through the city. The books and their subjects that will form the starting points for these conversations include Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (on Thomas Cromwell); Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (on the collection of objects) and Edgelands:Journeys into England's True Wildness by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts (on the contrasts of urban space and our ideas of wilderness).

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