Lisa Maris McDonell is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice embraces performance, choreography, video, sound design, visual art and dance therapy. She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Lisa has been creating and presenting performance works in various contexts in Australia and overseas for professional performers, students and community groups since 1996. As an educator she has worked for WAAPA, NAISDA Dance College (Course Coordinator), Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Dance Company public classes. She also gives workshops to community groups, educational institutions and pre-professional training programs.
Lisa's most recent projects have been concerned with the individual and collective body's responses to place, environmental factors and social constructs. Lisa's work also often flirts with cross-cultural collaboration, inspired by her childhood in Bankstown, Sydney where cross-cultural experiences were a way of life. During these years, Lisa's informal dance training included Greek dance, Maori Haka, Russian folk dance and later Flamenco in addition to her formal training in classical, contemporary and commercial dance styles.
Lisa's recent projects include Home Truths, supported and presented by Merrigong Theatre's Studio Sessions program. A work comprised of five solos for mature female performers, with video and original sound elements also created by McDonell, this work was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for outstanding achievement in independent dance. In early 2016 Lisa presented Five Kinds of Paradise at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as part of CPAC's 2016 performance season. The work was the inaugural recipient of CPAC's GRID residency program with additional support from Tasdance and Arts NSW. A piece for five performers, the work included substantial video elements filmed in rural Tasmania.
Most recently Lisa's video, Women's Work received third prize in the 2016 Meroogal Women's Art Prize. The six and a half minute looped video was filmed on site at Meroogal in Nowra, NSW.