Liz Lerman

last updated 2/28/2017

Liz Lerman

Founder, Choreographer Emerita at Dance Teacher

Location:
P.O. Box 33, Maplewood, New Jersey, United States
Company:
Dance Teacher

General Information

Experience

Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

Artist-In-Residence and Visiting Lecturer - Harvard University

Education

Bennington College

Brandeis University

Education , Summer School

BA - dance , University of Maryland

MA - dance , George Washington University

Affiliations

HONORARY BOARD Member - Alliance of Artists Communities

Advisory Board Member - Kerry Nicholls Dance

Board Member - Arts & Ideas

Board Member - Performance Kitchen

Board Member - Americans for the Arts

MacArthur Fellow - American Dance Festival Inc

Board Member - The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Founder - Liz Lerman LLC

Board Member - International Festival

Member - Temple Micah

Artist Council Member - LINC

Leadership Network Member - S3K Inc

Visiting Fellow - Centre for Dialogue

Member - Alumni Hall of Fame

Fellow - Wesleyan University

Founder - Takoma Park

Founder - Environmental Children's Organization

Visiting Fellow - Wosk Centre

Recent News  

Liz Lerman | Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

Liz Lerman
Liz Lerman Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award, a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. 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. She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in fall of 2011, and continues to teach nationally and internationally from Edinburgh to Australia. Current projects involve Healing Wars, an investigation of the impact of war on medicine; the genre-twisting work Blood Muscle Bone with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women; work in London with Sadler's Wells Theatre and the London Sinfonietta; comic book structures as applied to narration in performance; and an online project called "The Treadmill Tapes: Ideas on the Move. In 2013 she curated Wesleyan University's symposium "Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science," bringing together teams of artists and scientists from North America to present their methods and findings. Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and will be released in paperback in 2014. Liz Lerman's Links: lizlerman.com MacArthur Fellow and Living Legacy Artist Liz Lerman returned to MANCC to develop Healing Wars, a work that examines how we heal ourselves, individually and collectively, during and after war. Lerman's piece touches American conflicts from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and asks how we absorb the impact and aftermath of war. Lerman's second MANCC residency for the work and third trip to Tallahassee built on her experiences to date and offered her full cast of collaborators a final production residency before the piece's premiere run in Washington D.C. Along with the cast, Lerman worked with two FSU student veterans, Will Beachem and Doug Tran, to authenticate the movement of the performers. In addition Beachem, a combat medic, met with Lerman and collaborators to share his experiences and substantiate elements of the content and language of the piece. Renowned choreographer and MacArthur award winner Liz Lerman came to MANCC for the first of two residencies this season to develop Healing Wars which examines how we piece ourselves back together, as individuals and as a society, in times of war. Lerman's initial planning visit for this season's residencies took place Spring 2013, at which time she met with representatives from FSU's School of Engineering, including Dr. Chad Zeng, an assistant professor who leads a team that has been awarded 4 million dollars by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to advance the functionality of prosthetic limbs. She talked to Col. Lerman was also able to meet with Dr. Kristine C. Harper, Associate Professor in FSU's History Department and retired Naval Commander about her experiences as a female commissioned officer. To realize her vision, Lerman assembled a creative team of collaborators including an actor, sound designer, costume/scenic designer, video & projection designer, six dancers, and an ex-Marine. Lerman's November residency provided her and her collaborators opportunities to synthesize recent research and multiple site-visits as they further developed the design and narrative of the work. Early in the residency, Lerman met with Dr. Deanna Epley, who served as a nurse in Vietnam and FSU graduate students Meredith McMackin and Heather Barta, whose lives were altered by the war in Iraq. Elements of the participants' narratives were present in a showing near the end of the residency when Lerman invited a small audience to view the work-in-progress. Lerman and the full cast of collaborators return in May, 2014 to stage and refine the complete the work prior to the premiere at Arena Stage in June 6-29, 2014. Liz Lerman and collaborators talk about the impact of war with area Veterans Ted Johnson and Tamara Pullman take direction from Dr. Deanna Epley and Liz Lerman MANCC's new director Carla Peterson underscores choreographers need for time and space as well as financial resources in Dance Teacher Magazine's article highlighting Living Legacy artist Liz Lerman's recent residency. The Baltimore Sun describes Liz Lerman's "Healing Wars," as "brilliant and incisive...something that should be seen and felt." Liz Lerman's "Healing Wars" reviewed by The Washington Post 06/13 Liz Lerman's "Healing Wars" touted as "physical theatre at its finest" in DC Metro Theater Arts 06/09 Liz Lerman's "Healing Wars" previewed by The Washington Post. 06/06 The New York Times previews Liz Lerman's "Healing Wars" in anticipation of the June 6-29 premiere 06/05 Liz Lerman receives 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award

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Liz Lerman - Kerry Nicholls Dance

Liz Lerman
Liz Lerman by JS Rosenthal International Advisor and Mentor Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of honors including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" and a 2017 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. Key to her artistry is opening her process to various publics, resulting in research and outcomes that are participatory, urgent, and usable. She founded Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. Her recent work Healing Wars toured the US. Liz teaches Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance at institutions such as Harvard, Yale School of Drama, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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King University | TCI

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Choreographer Liz Lerman will speak at King University's Memorial Chapel on Monday, March 3 at 9:15 a.m., and again at 7 p.m.at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., as part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute's 2013-14 Lecture Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. Noted for … BRISTOL, Tenn. - Choreographer Liz Lerman will speak at King University's Memorial Chapel on Monday, March 3 at 9:15 a.m., and again at 7 p.m.at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., as part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute's 2013-14 Lecture Series. The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. Noted for her work as a dance choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, Lerman founded the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, based in Takoma Park, Md., in 1976. Lerman cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance, with performances at the National Cathedral, the Kennedy Center Opera House, Harvard University, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and other venues. In 2011, she handed the artistic leadership of the company to the next generation of Dance Exchange artists. Since that time, she spent a semester at Harvard University as an artist-in-residence. Lerman is recognized for her transformative approach to dance, and has been described by the Washington Post as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political. Lerman is 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, BalletMet, and the Kennedy Center, among other organizations. "Liz Lerman's choreography proves that every person, of any body type, of every age, can communicate something powerful about human experience through dance," says Miriam Perkins, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology and Society for Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, Tenn. "She puts communities in motion to raise social awareness and inspire social change. Her visit to the Buechner Institute is a rare opportunity not to be missed." In addition to her career in dance, Lerman has authored several books, articles and reviews. Her collection of essays, "Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer," published last year, reflects on her life-long exploration of dance as a vehicle for human insight and understanding of the world around us. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Milwaukee, Wis., Lerman attended Bennington College and Brandeis University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland and her Master of Arts in Dance from George Washington University. Liz Lerman will present "The Discipline of Creative Research: Using Artistic Practice in Pursuit of Knowledge, Communication, and Engagement" at 9:15 a.m. at King University's Memorial Chapel, and "Hiking the Horizontal: Making Rules and Breaking Rules" at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on Monday, March 3. The event is free and open to the public.

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