Liz Moran

Gulbenkian | University of Kent, Director Canterbury, Kent, UK


As Director of the MacRobert Arts Centre in Stirling, Scotland (1992-2011) Liz Moran initiated a radical review delivering a new identity and vision based on a high quality programme of cinema, theatre, dance, visual arts and music. Young people were at the core of the work and very quickly a youth theatre, street dance, youth dance, youth music and young film crew were established.

MacRobert became a producer including a project with young asylum seekers in Glasgow leading to the dance theatre production of CLUB ASYLUM.  Dance programming included Nederlands Dans Theater 2; Australian Dance Theatre; Jasmin Vardimon Company; Tanja Liedtke and Wayne McGregor. Much of the programme was made possible through membership of the UK Dance Touring Partnership.

In 2011 she became Director of the Gulbenkian, University of Kent developing a new vision. The creative empowerment of children and young people is at the heart of Gulbenkian and an increased emphasis on contemporary dance, film and live music. In 2014 Gulbenkian became a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England. In the same year a new international festival for all ages – bOing! was initiated. This features commissioned work including, Motionhouse Dance Theatre’s large scale outdoor piece – FRAGILE featuring 3 JCB’s and 20 dancers. In 2016 Gulbenkian commissioned Jasmin Vardimon to create her first work for families – Pinocchio which premiered at bOIng! before transferring to Sadler’s Wells, London followed by a national tour. An international tour of Pinocchio is now planned for 2017/18.

Curatorial statement

Gulbenkian is a member of the UK Dance Touring Partnership enabling the venue to present a range of high quality international dance including Ultima Vez (Belgium), Nobulus (Austria) and Boy Blue Entertainment. Other companies programmed include Akram Khan, Aakash Odedra, TPO (Italy), Stopgap and Aracaladanza (Spain). Award winning Hip-Hop festival – Breakin Convention took place in 2016.

We commission and support young choreographers such as James Wilton and Rosie Heafford. As part of a University we facilitated collaboration between professional dancers working with Virtual Reality Technology and our Schools of Architecture and Engineering and Digital Arts.

At Dance Massive we are looking for dance that has a strong narrative and is relevant and engaging for young audiences. This could be indoor or outdoor work.


Dates attending Dance Massive: 12 – 26 March


Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts