Rebecca Lazier | Terrain
Space Grant (2003/2004)
Rebecca Lazier is a choreographer and educator based in New York City and Nova Scotia. She has choreographed more than eighty works presented in six countries. Recognized as an audacious experimenter, Rebecca creates dances of explosive physical vitality inspired by the thinking and problem-solving that is possible through collaboration. She continually reaches outside of dance—towards experimental music, engineering, architecture, visual art, and anatomy—to ask how the questions and methodologies that drive invention in other fields can open up new frontiers of choreographic knowledge. Her work has increasingly emphasized the coming together of disciplinary forms in continuously adapting, emergent systems on stage and in the studio.
Rebecca began her choreographic career collaborating with popular avant-garde composer/activist Fred Ho, and two-time Tony-award winning theater director Bartlett Sher. Other notable collaborators include scientist and MacArthur fellow Naomi Leonard, composers Daniel Trueman and Paul Lansky; new music ensembles Newspeak, Mobius and SŌ Percussion; visual artist Janet Echelman; and dance artists Raja Feather Kelly, Cori Kresge, Jennifer Lafferty, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener.
Rebecca’s performance project There Might Be Others won a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award before touring internationally. Commissioned by New York Live Arts, this international collaboration involved 12 percussionists and 15 dancers from five countries, and produced a book of intra-disciplinary scores for music and movement published by Brooklyn’s Operating System Press. Her current project Everywhere the Edges is supported by The National Creation Fund and The Canada Council for the Arts.
Among her many honors, Rebecca is also the recipient of a Bessie Schönberg Choreography Residency at The Yard; an honorary fellowship to Djerassi; Artist-in-Residence awards from The Joyce Theater Foundation and Movement Research; and major funding from New Music USA, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Her work has been performed extensively in performance spaces throughout New York, as well as Canada, Greece, Russia, Turkey and Poland; with recent performances at The La MaMa Moves! Festival, Invisible Dog Art Center, New York Live Arts; Canada’s Scotia Festival of Music and Live Art Dance; and Poland’s prestigious Malta Festival. A film adaptation of her work was presented at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Rebecca is Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the Program in Dance at Princeton University. In 2019, she was awarded Princeton’s prestigious grant, Innovation Fund for Research Collaborations with Artists and Scientists or Engineers.
Rebecca was born in Halifax, Canada and graduated from The Juilliard School.