Lazier integrates a broad range of somatic, anatomical, contemporary, and historical theories and dance practices to develop structures for learning and experimentation that support personal transformation and promote choreographic research. Lazier views the body as a site of experimentation and continually seeks new models of thinking to serve as stimulus for perceptual change.
Movement practice workshops will investigate methods to discover our fullest potential for three-dimensional movement. Building on Herman Kabat and Dorothy Voss’s research in multiplanar patterns set forth in their theories of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Irene Dowd’s neuromuscular preparations for dancers, classes focus on learning specific PNF patterns and adapting them to differing contexts to enhance neuromuscular function and ignite physical research. First, we will explore the patterns during Feldenkrais influenced explorations where we surrender to gravity, ask what can be easier, and identify limitations. Then we will recreate these patterns within distally initiated gestural sequences and proximally directed actions. By addressing both open chain movement and weight bearing activities we will increase mobility and our ability to support greater range. Last, we will layer Laban’s theories of space harmony to move the patterns through space while shifting dynamics, timing, and genre. Our collective goals will be to learn, repattern, ignite physical play, and create possibilities for imaginative interaction between our bodies and community.
Rebecca Lazier is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Nova Scotia, now Rebecca Lazier is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Nova Scotia, now based in Brooklyn. Since 1995 she has created work that has been hailed for its “exciting immediacy.” (New York Times) Her recent production of Coming Together/Attica, named one of 2013’s most memorable experiences by critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa, is a site-specific setting of Frederic Rzewski’s iconic minimalist scores written in response to the Attica prison riots. A film of the work was featured in IK-00 Spaces of Confinement, an exhibit produced by Moscow based foundation v–a–c, the art of being contemporary as part of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. The American Embassy in Athens recently sponsored a tour Coming Together/Attica to Thessaloniki and Patras.
In New York Lazier’s work has been presented at many venues including La MaMa, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, the Guggenheim Museum, 92nd Street Y, and Symphony Space, and the company has toured to a variety of locales from Martha’s Vineyard to Los Angeles, Jacob’s Pillow to New Orleans, from Nova Scotia to Russia. Lazier has been artist-in-residence at Movement Research, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Yard and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, New Music USA, Canada Council on the Arts, and the Greater New York Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer at Princeton University and has previously been on faculty at UCLA, Mimar Sinan Conservatory in Istanbul, Trinity College, Hartford Ballet, and Wesleyan University. Rebecca was the festival director of the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival from 2002-006 and has been a panelist at many conferences including Dance USA, Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, Congress on Research in Dance, and The Juilliard School.