Liz Lea Dance

Reef UP!

Performance Art


Fabulous science for families in the centre of The Shine Dome!

Meet a sea-full of loveable characters (and villains): Manta and Ray, Slinky the shark, Hollywood the Minkie whale and a devious Crown of Thorns starfish called Priscilla. To a soundtrack of popular songs, Reef UP! highlights the beauty and precarious nature of the reef ecosystems across the globe, and helps the audience explore the simple things that they can do to help preserve these breathtaking environments.

ReefUP! leads the way in collaborative scientific and arts research ReefUP! dance and theatre extravaganza will be acclaimed choreographer Liz Lea’s third joint venture in collaborative scientific and arts research after the success of Flying Facts (a theatrical exploration of the history and science of flight) and Star Struck (a dance-based response to astronomy and the science of the Big Bang). Key scientists on David Attenborough’s documentary about the Great Barrier Reef provided research data for ReefUP! Using dance, theatre, some amazing costumes and the latest scientific research Reef UP! shares the story of what is happening to our coral reefs and what we can do to help. Audiences learn how all life on the reef is interrelated. If a single organism or species is affected or declines in number it can have a huge ripple effect both down and up the Great Barrier Reef’s food chain. Developed with support from Queensland Music Festival and Canberra Theatre Centre and an impressive array of leading scientific collaborators.

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Liz Lea is a performer, choreographer and producer based in NSW and Canberra after 20 years in Europe, touring internationally. Her speciality is working with classical Indian dance and martial arts. She has worked with Ranjabati Sircar, Mavin Khoo, the Royal Opera House and English Bach Festival and been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and USA.
Under her company, Liz Lea Dance, she has created and toured a dozen shows including ‘120 Birds’, ‘Magnificus Magnificus’ inspired by the red tailed black cockatoo for Indigenous dancer Tammi Gissell and ‘Kapture’, inspired by the South African freedom fighter, Ahmed Kathrada.
Named as the 2017 ACT City News Artist of the Year Liz works widely in Canberra and nationally. She is Ausdance ACT’s Project Curator for their Escalate, Dance Week and Connexions programs. She creates children’s shows inspired by science and in 2017 she premiered a new children’s work, Reef UP! at the Canberra Theatre Centre and toured the work in regional Queensland with the Queensland Music Festival. She is also touring to Indonesia and has residencies in Launceston with Tasdance and NSW with Ausdance NSW.
Liz was awarded a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! for Canberra Dance Theatre. As Artistic Director she established the GOLD over 55’s dance company, commissioning 14 internationally recognised choreographers and developing collaborations with major cultural institutions.
See more about Liz and the festivals she runs in the link below.



12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Ian Wark Theatre

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Ian Wark Theatre