Dancing through Death


In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Liv Schaffer, a young dance artist living in the Bay Area. Liv lost both of her parents to cancer, and set out to process her experience of loss through dance. Her ongoing project, Deadication, incorporates dance and video, most often using sites like cemeteries to create dances. Liv also talks about her desire to integrate dance into hospice care, and to better understand how dance can be used to facilitate a healthy dying and grieving process.


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Liv Schaffer is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in the Bay Area. She graduated from Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA program at Dominican University of California in 2013, and spent the 2013-2015 seasons dancing with DanceWorks Chicago. Liv embraces employment opportunity nationwide; developing integrative arts curriculum, educating dancers, performing, and creating choreographic commissions with organizations such as Youth Art Exchange, Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in MotionĀ®, The JUNTOS Collective, Western Michigan University, Southern Exposure, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA & summer programs. You can currently spot Liv dancing with AXIS Dance Company, which she joined in August of 2016.

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Photo by David DeSilva

To learn more, visit www.aliviaschaffer.com.