Liz Aggiss


Affectionately known as ‘the grand dame of anarchic dance’, Liz Aggiss has been presenting her work nationally and internationally since 1980; creating an open and engaging relationship with the audience via her irreverent onstage persona. Framed by extensive contextual research that uses the personal and historical as reference, her performances have a distinctively expressive, grotesque, ‘British Music Hall’ movement style. Integrating text, film and humour, her work is driven by content that embodies feminist dance practices and resists the ‘authority’ of formal conventions. Alongside the numerous awards Liz has received, she is a Professor Emeritus at University of Brighton and an Honorary Doctor at the University of Gothenburg.

The English Channel is a story of a career forged in performance art and dance-film. In this solo performance, the 60 year-old Aggiss becomes an unwitting conduit for wilful women, a cunning connection to ‘the other side’ and a witty commentator on life, death, and the pain, pleasure and paradox of the stage. Skilfully mixing choreography and text with contemporary and archive film, the show exemplifies her investigations into the shifting nature of presentation and ongoing desire to push boundaries within conventional dance practice.


In the press

"...a glorious wild card who grounds her eccentricities in a bedrock of serious cultural and social information" The Herald Scotland

"Aggiss’ THE ENGLISH CHANNEL is a celebration of defiance, of not sitting down quietly, of asserting an identity that refuses to be categorised" Exeunt

Production details

  • Writer

    Liz Aggiss
  • Devisor

    Liz Aggiss
  • Director

    Liz Aggiss
  • Choreographer

    Liz Aggiss
  • Designer

    Liz Aggiss
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    No freight necessary
  • Touring Availability

    From autumn 2015
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    5m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    The Aviary, ZOO
  • Production dates

    23 – 29 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1645 – 1745
  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Address

    20 Montpelier Street
    Brighton BN1 3DJ
  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Liz Aggiss

    +44 (0)1273 327894
    +44 (0)7812 779090

  • Contact at showcase

    Lisa Wolfe
    +44 (0)7761 453584


Liz Aggiss is an experienced tutor, mentor and speaker. She can offer a choice of workshops based on her research and choreographic methods, post-show talks, seminars and critical discussions to accompany the performance.   

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