Lara Kramer

Lara Kramer Danse | Windigo

Lara Kramer Danse’s new production follows the trajectory of two men’s experience in the isolation of the north, whose environment and community carry the undercurrents of violence and the continued effects of genocide and environmental destruction.  The two men discover through the long process of dismantling and manipulating man-made materials, metaphors that are the extension of environmental destruction and intergenerational effects of trauma. We witness the repercussions of violence and its effects on the land and people, on self and other. We observe how the tensions of trauma is regulated and how it is negotiated through the actions and responses of the two performers. The effects it has on their relationship.

Performed by Peter James and Jassem Hindi, Windigo exposes the fabrics of a damage northern community. The cutting, skinning of new materials as if they were spirits, animals to feed from, tapping into the invisible. Slowly waking up to the vibrations, energy, spirits that surround the north, we thrust on a state that is filled with layers of violence. The experience is slow, dynamic and rhythmic, allowing space and time for the full digestion. We taste and hear what’s invisible. The invisible is colonial.

Lara Kramer is the choreographer and artistic director of Lara Kramer Danse, based in Montreal. Kramer is an Oji-Cree choreographer and performer (Ojibwe and Cree) whose work is intimately linked to memory and her Aboriginal roots.

Her work has been presented at the OFFTA, Montreal (2008, 2014 & 2017), First Peoples Festival, Montreal (2009), Festival Vue Sur la Relève, Montreal (2010), The Talking Sticks Festival, Vancouver (2011 & 2013), Canada Dance Festival (2011 & 2014), The Banff Centre (2011), Planet IndigenUS (2011), the MAI (Montreal arts intercultural), Montreal (2010, 2011 & 2017), Public Energy, Peterborough (2012 & 2015), Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver (2013 & 2014), Tangente, Montreal (2013 & 2015), New Dance Horizons, Regina (2014), Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Edmonton (2014), The Expanse Movement Arts Festival, Edmonton (2015), Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto (2015 & 2016), Espace Libre, Montreal (2016), Brown University, Rhode Island, USA (2016) and YIRRAMBOI, Melbourne, Australia (2017).

Kramer’s works are carved with theatricality based vocabulary and rooted in her Indigenous heritage. Working with strong visuals and narrative, Kramer’s work pushes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Her work is political and potent, often examining political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples.  Kramer has been recognized as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre in 2012.


Choreography and Scenography: Lara Kramer
Collaborators and Performer: Peter James and Jassem Hindi
Sound Design and concept: Lara Kramer
Sound Editing: Travis West
Outside eyes: Stefan Petersen
Lighting Design: Paul Chambers
Communications: Nicoleta Nedescu

Photo: Stefan Petersen