A studio space is at the heart of our dance research.  It is a place from which an investigative practice can develop the continuity of a form.


LIC STUDIO is situated in the heart of Liverpool and based within the distinguished arts venue, the Bluecoat. The studio was the first artist led RESEARCH SPACE created for dance in the city.  It was set up in 2008 by Liverpool Improvisation Collective to provide a platform to safely explore and expose our work and to create a space and opportunity to build a community and voice for dance not just for Liverpool but to extend links nationally and internationally.


Liverpool Improvisation Collective are dance artists Jo Blowers, Andrea Buckley, Paula Hampson and Mary Prestidge.  We have been working as performers and creators of our own work for many years.  Individually and collectively we have taught and created work in a diverse range of contexts and communities.  Between us this spans thirty years and includes companies and artists such as Ballet Rambert, MacLennan Dance, Yolande Snaith, Miranda Tufnell. Julyen Hamilton, Kirstie Simson and Steve Paxton   As artists we share common interests in terms of the practice, aesthetics and philosophies within our field of dance.  This has led us to work together, to combine our experiences and expertise.


In 1998 we conceived Liverpool International Festival of Dance Improvisation (LIFDI) with administrator John Sprackland with a shared vision, to raise the profile and to develop the practice, discussion, presentation and study of dance improvisation with a view to broadening participation and attracting/developing new audiences. 


As a performing ensemble, Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC), has made work for Present Moment as part of LIFDI festivals 2001- 2008 and toured as an ensemble with North West Dance commission ‘Exposure’ and as part of the London Improvisation Performance series.