From Where You Are (FWYA) is a dance and health project primarily centred at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

This project develops the From Where You Are pilot project in 2008-9. The child centred approach to ward based movement improvisation sessions was considered ground-breaking by the hospital.

This new project cultivates the practice assimilated during the pilot and expands the work through research, artist development and interdisciplinary performance.


FWYA continues to explore creative methods of documentation and evaluation through regular sessions on the wards is also working in partnership with hospital staff and the research department in developing quantitative studies into the effects and benefits of this practice.

The following film was commissioned by the hospital in 2013 and offers insight into Small Things practice at Alder Hey.

Information for Parents/Carers and Patients-Somatic Dance and Acute Pain Study

Please click here to see the information we give to those involved in our current research. Many thanks to all those who have contributed so far.

Artist Development

Through regular CPD opportunities Small Things will share their approach and provide a space for artists to dialogue and develop their own practice in health. These include regular dance and health sessions and 5 day workshop led by Small Things and invited artists.

In 2013 a symposium will create an opportunity to disseminate our discoveries in the context of the wider arts and health field.

In addition over two years Small Things will take 8 apprentices into the hospital to observe their practice and offer mentoring.  The apprentices for 2012 are Lucy Ann Newton, Sophie Galvin and Samantha Hickey.

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Please click here to read our testimonials.


Small Things offer two performance projects to hospitals:-

Invisible Duets – An interdisciplinary, audience responsive, performance installation. It includes live dance performance, film projection, visual art and sound. It was inspired and created with children on the Neuromedical ward at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.

These films were created in 2011 with children who had brain injury and/or neurological conditions.  The approach to movement and filming is improvised and child centred, supporting the interest and energy of the participant in an unfolding duet.

Dancers; Lisa Dowler and Cath Hawkins, Lisa Dowler and Children on Neuromedical ward (film), Costume and visual art; Paula Hampson, Film; June Gersten Roberts, Soundscore; Philip Jeck, Cello; Georgina Aasgaard.

Missing the trees – A performance project that connects nature with healing. 

For booking details or further information regarding FYWA please contact Lisa or Cath at Small Things.