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Cathy Livermore

As an artist, educator, activist and healer Cathy has enjoyed the past 20 years performing, choreographing and teaching around the southern and northern hemisphere beginning in Australia and now residing in Aotearoa NZ. Her artistic practices are currently focussed in intercultural spaces of collaboration and in new media technologies. Most recently Cathy presented a new solo work at Basement Theatre as part of NZ Experimental Dance Festival in February 2019 and been published in AO, a new book featuring NZ Experimental Dance Artists.

Cathy is weaving her passions for performance, Te Ao Maori, healing traditions and education from which she is developing diverse platforms for expressing and sharing. As an educator, Cathy has been evolving new pedagogies of teaching and delivering tertiary programmes incorporating Kaupapa Maori and Pasifika cultural worldviews within current institutional professional training environments for Performing Arts in NZ. She has written and delivered two ground-breaking degrees previously as Head of Dance at Whitireia and then as Head of Dance at PIPA. Cathy also teaches within the community sector. Working from traditional Maori healing philosophies and worldviews Cathy has also developed unique wellbeing practices that she facilitates as programmes of Maori Mindfulness. Cathy presented her Maori Mindfulness programme at International Mindfulness Conference at AUT in February 2019.

Cathy has performed with Atamira Dance Company, Body Cartography, Vospertron, Ivy Granite Productions, Oceania Dance Theatre, Red Leap Physical Theatre, Belgian choreographer Hans Van den Broeck, French Company GROUP F, Native American Contemporary Dance company Dancing Earth. Cathy also re-choreographed the first Pacific musical, The Factory, for its tour to Australia and Edinburgh in 2014. Within her own choreographic works and international intercultural collaborations, Cathy has worked both in NZ as well as Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, Turtle Island (USA), Australia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.