Adelaide College of the Arts



Lisa Heaven

Staff Profile: Lisa Heaven

Lecturer in Contemporary Dance

Lisa first studied dance with Joanna Priest in Adelaide. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Diploma in Dance and holds a Bachelor in Dance Performance. In 1985, she joined the Australian Dance Theatre, where she performed for eight years under the direction of Johathan Taylor and Leigh Warren. During this time, Lisa has toured extensively throughout Australia and Asian regions including Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. In 1993, Lisa moved to Perth to perform with the Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, and in 1996, returned to Adelaide to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers.

She has taught companies such as Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre, 2 Dance Plus (WA) Leigh Warren and Dancers. Her tertiary lecturing includes National University of Arts Taipei, Western Australia Academy of the Performing Arts, Adelaide University (Bachelor Dance Course). Her feature rolls include “Enemy of the People” choreographed by William Forsythe, "Eironos" choreographed by Jean - Pierre Perreault. Lisa was nominated for the Greenroom Awards in Melbourne for the leading role in "Bodyline", choreographed by Graeme Watson. In 1991, she received a study grant from Arts SA to travel to Europe, UK and the United States to participate with and observe major dance companies.

Lisa has worked as an independent artist on projects with Sue Peacock (WA), Paul O'Sullivan (Canberra Choreographic Centre) and Peter Sheedy (SA). In 2002, Lisa was invited to assist the director Delia Silvan in the project “Night Vision” for the Korean Festival. In 2007, Lisa undertook a professional development in Japan observing the contemporary dance culture in Kyoto. In 2012, Lisa toured to Papua New Guinea as Rehearsal Assistant with Restless Dance Company. In 2013, Lisa worked as mentor to Jianna Georgiou of Restless Dance Company with her Jump grant through the Australia Council. In 2014, she has supported Leigh Warren as rehearsal assistant for The Adelaide College of the Art’s students to perform “Satyagraha” from the Philip Glass Trilogy State Opera Company. She has also diverged into alternate fields in a part in the film "The Diaries of Nijinsky" for Director, Paul Cox.