with Liz Lerman
- Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8pm
The unique career of choreographer and MacArthur "genius" Liz Lerman has taken her from theater stages to shipyards, and from synagogues to science labs. She will discuss her book, Hiking the Horizontal, in which she reflects on her life-long exploration of dance as a vehicle for human insight and understanding of the world around us. Lerman offers her audience a gentle manifesto describing methods that bring a horizontal focus to bear on a hierarchical world. Come to hear her thoughts on the possible role for art in politics, science, community, motherhood, and the media. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
About Liz Lerman
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker. Described by the Washington Post as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art," her dance/theater works have been seen throughout the United States and abroad. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political.
She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company's unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011, when she handed the artistic leadership of the company over to the next generation of Dance Exchange artists. Now she is pursuing new projects with fresh partnerships, beginning with a semester spent at Harvard University as an artist-in-residence. Other projects involve Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, of Urban Bush Women; an investigation of the impact of war on medicine; and comic book structures as applied to narration in performance.
Liz has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship. Her work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy Center among many others. Her newest performance, The Matter of Origins, examines the question of beginnings through dance, media and innovative formats for conversation.
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