Jun 282018

Lisa May Thomas

Lisa May Thomas
Bio
Lisa May Thomas is an award-winning dance and film artist. She received her professional dance training at Laban in London (1995), and has since continued to train in contemporary dance techniques, improvisation and somatic practices. She delivers classes and workshops for professional dancers, community and inclusive groups of dancers and non-dancers, older people, children and young people, and inter-generational groups. Her screen-dance work has won numerous awards and has been screened at film festivals across the globe. Her film There is a Shipwreck in My Bones (2011) was presented in Taiwan and Shanghai as part of the On Site Impromtus programme (2016-17), and Tea Time (2006) was screened on Channel 4, BBC & ABC. Her recent community dance project The Touch Diaries (2015-16) combined dance workshops with ethnographic research toward the production of an award-wining dance film and live performance: The project was presented at the Arts and Health South West International Health and Wellbeing Conference (2016). Lisa has worked extensively in the intersection of performance and technology; working as lead dancer for danceroom Spectroscopy (2012-15) and creating Dances with Avatars: Embodied Turing Test as part of her MPhil practice-based-research project (2016). Lisa is currently taking a dance-somatic approach to a multi-person, interactive Virtual Reality framework as part of her practice-as-research PhD project with the University of Bristol, joint between departments of theatre and computer science. She is supported by a University of Bristol Arts Scholarship and funding from the Leverhulme Trust. She is a Pervasive Media Studio resident and member of cross-disciplinary research group Glowacki Group at the University of Bristol.