Lara Kramer, Associate artist

Lara Kramer is a performer, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-cree and settler heritage based in Tiöhtià:ke/Montreal.  Her choreographic work, research and field work over the last twelve years has been grounded in intergenerational relations, intergenerational knowledge and impacts of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada. Her creations in the form of dance, performance and installation have been presented across Canada and even in Australia, New Zealand, Martinique, the US and the UK.

Lara Kramer was appointed a Human Rights Advocate through the Holocaust Memorial Centre of Montreal (2012) following the national tour of her work Fragments, a performance piece inspired by her mother’s stories and lived experience as a survivor of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada. Lara has received multiple awards, acknowledgements, and prizes for her work both as emerging and established artists. She was awarded the Scholarship of Audacity – Caisse de la culture from the OFFTA, Montreal, as well as commissioned by The Canada Dance Festival for her work “Native Girl Syndrome” (2014). Lara was the recipient for the CanDance creation fund for her work Windigo (2018) and was presented with the prestigious Ashley Fellowship with Trent University (2017-2018), as well received the Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize for recognition of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement in dance (2018). Lara Kramer has participated in several residencies including the Indian Residential School Museum of Canada in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and is Dancemakers Resident Artist from 2018-2021.

Lara Kramer’s work employs powerful imagery. Often blunt and raw, playing with the strengths and vulnerability of the body, her pieces stand out for their engagement, sensitivity, close and instinctive listening to the body, and her attention to the invisible. Her work is marked for its use of duration and deceleration as a holding space for a responsive practice for listening and being inside a felt experience. It has been articulated in the physical landscapes her choreographies, performances and installations. “The Indian Problem” (2008), Fragments (2008), Of good moral character (2011), NGS (Native Girl Syndrome”) (2013), Tame (2015), This Time Will be Different (2017), Phantom stills & vibrations (2018), Windigo (2018), Dream Installation (2019) and Eating bones and Licking bread (2020).

In 2021, Lara Kramer becomes an Associate artist at the Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV.

Photo credit: Stefan Petersen

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Title: Dream Installation (2019)
Photo credit: Benny René Charles

Title: Eating Bones and Licking Bread (2020)
Photo credit: Stefan Petersen

Title: Them Voices (2021)
Photo credit: Stefan Petersen

Cover photo credit: Windigo (2018) by Stefan Petersen