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Academic Biography

Lorraine Smith has worked as a dance artist in a wide range of professional, educational and community settings and has extensive experience in Inclusive Dance Practice.

Lorraine graduated from the University of Chichester with a 1st Class Degree in Dance Studies and holds a MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban.

She is co-founder of the Feminist Women's Institute: a collective that aims to explore current issues related to Feminist discourse through interdisciplinary experimental performance, and artistic director/choreographer of Silversmith Dance Theatre showcasing work in the UK, Slovakia and Portugal. She has worked as Choreographer in Residence for several organisations and collaborated on numerous projects as creator and performer. Past projects include choreographer for The Making Space (Siobhan Davies Dance) and commissions for the FUSE Festival 2013 and Playgrounds Dance Company (Northampton University).

For the last 7 years Lorraine has been a member of Arab dance troupe Al Zaytouna, touring large scale contemporary productions in the UK and internationally.She has performed in numerous live dance, film, interactive performance,installations and other experimental work and has extensive training in Butoh, Skinner Releasing Technique and Dance Theatre.

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Summary of Research Interests

Lorraine has spent the past 5 years working as a choreographer and performer with the MA Costume for Performance at London College of Fashion. This has sparked her research interest in the impact of costume on live dance performance.

Other research interests include the effects of directorial presence on the devising process, the embodiment of character in dance, interactive performance (i.e. audience – performer relationships) and the balance between movement, music, costume and lighting when creating immersive experiences for both performer and audience.

Research Projects & External Funding

Lorraine is currently exploring the use of costume as teaching tool, and as a tool to improve student’s health and wellbeing during the transition into university life with a cross school collective of academics, including Occupational Therapy, Performing Arts, Psychology and Computing.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Lorraine was awarded a Stellar Projects commission (2016) to create family friendly outdoor performance Elizabeth and The Three Sisters. She is now engaged in developing the project into new areas of technology, performance and participation in other sites and venues around the Tees Valley, via external funding, such as Arts Council grants. This project also feeds into Lorraine’s research into costume performance and wearable sculpture.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

As a feminist educator, Lorraine aims to cultivate students' understanding of the subject and empower them to become thinking dancers and actors who can impact their field and the wider society. Lorraine also strives to develop innovative teaching approaches, with a particular focus on improving student transition into higher education. This includes the sharing of best practice and collaborating across subjects and schools at Teesside.

Lorraine has engaged students in her research, and has presented/co-presented with students and staff as part of numerous Teesside Festival of Learning conferences.

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EATTS: Elizabeth & The Three Sisters

Smith, L., O’Donnell, A. & Heselton, P.


Project: Other

Research Output

Beyond Practice & Back Again

Smith, L., 1 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Beyond Borders? Articulations, provocations and performativities in Arts & Humanities.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Costume as Somatic Tool in Dance Education

    Smith, L., Jul 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Experimental Costume Project

    Smith, L. & Karstens, D., 22 Aug 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Identity exploration and the building of empathy and self-acceptance through Costume

    Smith, L., 19 Oct 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • PING

    Smith, L. & Karstens, D., 19 Jun 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance