Creative Research: What it Looks Like and Why it Matters

Photo by Lise Metzger
Photo by Lise Metzger

Humanities Forum
Thursday, April 16 | 5:30 p.m.
Liz Lerman, choreographer, performer, writer and educator
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of Lerman’s 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. Current projects involve Healing Wars, an investigation of the impact of war on medicine set to premiere at Arena Stage in 2014, 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.” Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and in paperback in 2014.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Imaging and Research Center; and the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts.

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