EXCITING NEWS on International Woman’s Day!!! I’m the new artistic director for Sense and the National Inclusive Dance Programme – click here to find out more
This has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled to finally share my Freedom film with you all. https://bbc.in/35YlV6l Thanks to #DancePassion from @BBCArts and @onedanceuk Special thanks to @jonnyrandall @DanceUCLan and Sophie Barrow it was a wonderful collaboration!
I’m thrilled to announce I, along with Jonny Randall, filmmaker and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been commissioned by the BBC Dance Passion 2022.to create a short film about my unique way of choreographing using the Simpson board!
Dance Passion is a collaboration between BBC Arts and One Dance UK and is supported by funding from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants programme. BBC Arts and One Dance UK, along with BBC Connected Studio.
Absolutely loved working with @Everypersoncounts @EpicArtsNews @Nalitari @lauramevans Helen Gould @lpmdancetheatre Here are some pics from day 1 Can’t wait for the next session with both companies!!!
So incredibly proud to announce my new collaboration with Epic Art @@EpicArtsNews after been awarded a new micro commission from @BritishArts in partnership with @weareunltd to work with the amazing Epic encounters from Cambodia #everypersoncounts and Nalitari from Indonesia #Nalitari. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to spread the Simpson Board methodology and to show it has the ability to cross the language divide. Also, I’m really looking forward to working with Helen Gould from LPM Dance as my translator for this project. More details
It’s official, I’m so proud to announce that I’m one of the Leaders in Residence at UCLan for the next 3 year!Many thanks to Sara Giddens from UCLanDance for nominating me for this incredible opportunity!
In the summer I was privileged to lead a unique research & development project with the most incredible team of collaborators. Louis Price (visual design), Lee Affen (sound design), Brent Lees (lighting design), Rebecca Randall (Translator), mentor Rosie Kay together with dancers Harriet Ellis and Luke Bradshaw collaborated with me virtually through zoom.
‘I found the whole experience enriching. Working with such a supportive and highly experienced team gave me the confidence to try new things and discover ways of working that I will take forward in my practice. Now I’m looking for the next opportunity to develop my ideas further’ Lisa Simpson”.
The project was supported by Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Council fund The process was captured by filmmaker Jonny Randall who created a short documentary.
So incredibly proud to announce my new collaboration with Epic Art @@EpicArtsNews after been awarded a new micro commission from @BritishArts in partnership with @weareunltd to work with the amazing Epic encounters from Cambodia #everypersoncounts and Nalitari from Indonesia #Nalitari. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to spread the Simpson Board methodology and to show it has the ability to cross the language divide. Also, I’m really looking forward to working with Helen Gould from LPM Dance as my translator for this project. More details https://weareunlimited.org.uk/announcing-round-two-of-the-british-council-micro-awards/
A big thank you to the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster for commissioned me to create a video as part of their Digital Dukes Creative Commissions. Stay In and Boogie!
I also want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Helen Gould from LPM for project managing/editing it and to all the dancers who took part!
To see who else has been commissioned… Digital Dukes Creative Commissions
I’m so proud that the Arts Council England has selected to fund my Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) project ‘Branching Out’. Really looking forward to working in Birmingham with Rosie Kay Dance Company and local dance artists.
I just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Helen Gould from LPM, Steph Graham the bid writer, Rosie Kay from RKD, Steph Tyrrell from Sense and Becca Rebecca Randall, Sense’s residence artist for all their help and support!!!
Go on, check this out – it’s not to be missed!
Ripple offers the audience a sense of tribal ambience through a combination of rhythmic and geometric patterns. This dynamic short piece collaborated with Jodie Turner. Jodie is an emerging artist with cerebral palsy and no verbal communication using the Simpson board. a unique way of choreographing. The dancers began the process by training in the use of the Simpson Board, which provided them with a new avenue into the creative process. The Simpson Board was then used to guide and direct the dancers to realise the final piece.’
My new work commissioned by Salford University ‘Rhythm’
Rhythm is about how music influences bodies and what comes out from that. Using words from the Simpson board; a unique way of choreographing. The dancers embarked on a journey of improvisation creating a series of rhythmic phrases. This enabled me to select and manipulate movements to create this final piece.
“Migratory” fuses movement material from contemporary and hip hop dance styles with choreographer Lisa Simpson’s background in visual art to explore the theme of migration. As a choreographer with quadriplegic cerebral palsy who is also a non-verbal communicator, Lisa creates dance pieces through a trained translator. Migratory is Lisa’s first work with a company of non-disabled dancers.
Workshops also open to dance artists interested in exploring my choreographic method and learning about the role of the translator.
Migratory on tour… Next performance of Lisa Simpson new work is at New Adelphi, Salford University on 12th March 7pm!
Please find below the Dancing Through Barriers article.
September 13th 2018
I’m so excited to announce that my first ever piece with non-disabled professional dancers is being premiered along with Indepen-dance and Swati Youth Dance Company at Dukes Theatre 13th of Sept. To find out more, click here. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, get your tickets now
This evening is presented by LPM Dance Theatre in association with The Dukes.
Succession – an evening of inclusive dance performance
LPM Dance Theatre, in association with The Dukes, presents SUCCESSION – a triple-bill evening of inclusive dance performance with post-show Q&ATickets: £13.50, Concessions £12
Box office 01524 598500
Join us for an evening of inclusive dance, as LPM Dance Theatre presents “Succession”, a triple bill of exhilarating performances featuring Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance’s Migratory, Indepen-dance and Swati Youth Dance Company.
In Vous, LPM Dance Theatre’s George Adams and the dancers of Indepen-dance, Scotland’s only professional integrated dance company use full-bodied and fluid choreography to look at how we meet each other and how, in this exchange, we aim to find a balance of listening and contributing. Showcasing interaction in episodic choreography, Vous transforms the nuances of everyday life into visual art.
Swati Dance Company is a South-East Asian company based in Northwest England. I feel so privileged to work with Swati Youth Dance Company to create a small piece, especially for tonight. It has been a keen interest of mine to combine my choreographic methods with Indian Classical Dance. This piece is a blend of the Nritta aspect of Bharatanatyam; Nritta is a pure dance without any emotions or expressions. It involves rhythmic dance were movements of the body do not convey any mood or meaning. Mixed with my love of geometric patterns.
I’m pleased to announce that I have been successful in getting an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant! Here’s to finally touring the piece ‘Migratory’!!! Watch this space for further posts coming up!
IF Dance Festival, 26th of March 2018
Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance is proud to be part of this years IF Dance festival. This fantastic one-day event will bring together a broad range of renowned practitioners and companies specialising in dance as part of healthcare, child development, education and social change for a one-day festival of workshops, performance and discussions.
Featuring an incredible lineup including Indepen-dance, Primed for Life, Mary Prestige, Dr Richard Coaten and Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance amongst others, this is an event not to be missed.
LSID R&D August 2017 Trailer
Lisa wins the Alison Steadman award for active citizenship 2017
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa! Who has won the Alison Steadman award for active citizenship at the Clapperboard UK awards ceremony tonight! Here are some pictures…
Lisa wins MWOTY Arts and Culture Award 2016
MWOTY stands for Merseyside Women of the Year #MWOTY
The Arts and Cultural award was sponsored by David M Robinson
Brought To Life – Autumn 2014
“The first stone was just tried in the spirit of experimentation.
The opening of the stone was far more interesting
than the drawing that I had done on it.”
In a space alive with light and sound, the dancers lead the audience on a journey of discovery. Through a virtual environment of natural growth and change; mirroring the endlessly shifting patterns of nature.
Inspired by the work and words of sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist ANDY GOLDSWORTHY. LISA SIMPSON’s enchanting choreography will combine digital technology and natural principles to create her experimental professional debut.
Specially commissioned for DaDaFest, “Brought To Life” also celebrates the region’s home-grown talent. The choreography is the result of a collaboration with local professionals, composer LEE AFFEN and digital dance artist ELLEN TURNER.
Having developed movement by undertaking set tasks using the Simpson Board. THE HAPPY MONDAYS, Community Arts Company of learning disabled adults, from Knowsley, will make their debut at the festival.
“Brought To Life” also brings their collaboration to a natural conclusion. Adam’s original stimulus for the concept of the Board was an art piece Lisa created during college. A result of encountering Goldsworthy’s work for the first time.