Liz Clark is Artistic Director Turned On Its Head, making shows for babies aged 6 weeks to 4 years, as well as an independent dance artist and trainer working exclusively in early years and with children with special educational needs. She blogs thoughts and ideas about creativity, interaction, dance and here at ourcreativeadventure.com
An avid practitioner/researcher Liz's work is informed by attachment and neuroscience alongside her love of improvisation. She is currently training in Applying Neuroscience to Early Intervention.
Liz worked for Warrington Borough Council as Dance Development Officer before starting life as a freelancer dancer and starting Turned On Its Head with fellow dance artist Oksana Tyminska. Liz’s motivation for starting the company was borne out of her now own experience of exclusion from theatre due to her sons hearing impairment. Turned On Its Head creates participatory performances where children are welcomed into the performance space and their authentic responses integrated into the show. Shows become a collaborative tour de force as Turned On Its Head’s strives to be inclusive and immersive, aiming to delighting and creating a strong sense of belonging for it’s audiences. In 2016 Liz was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Lionel Bart Award for Children's Theatre for her commitment to early years theatre.
Liz runs Little Movers, a child-led creative dance session with children under 4 and their parents, which also acts as her research lab, creating and testing dance improvisation tools and techniques which inform all of her work.
Liz’s current research into dance improvisation and interaction in Early Years Settings goes under the title of “Our Creative Adventure” and current projects can be found here. Liz’s desire is to find key settings who want to explore the impact of training their practitioners to use dance improvisation to create high levels of well being and involvement for the children they care for.
Current projects include:
Developing programmes of dance work for Looked After Children aged 0-4
Research into the well being of babies in day nursery settings using creative movement & improvisation
Using dance as a tool for well being & parental engagement for families with mental health concerns
Her dance work with families is also featured in Small Bodies Big Voices and the 'Inspire Me' films of Akram Khans Big Dance Pledge 2016. She is currently the Associate Artist for People Dancing with the responsibility for development of training for dance artists who want to work on Early Years.