Lara Kramer on the performance 'Native Girl Syndrome,' dance, addiction, and residential schools

Lara Kramer is the artistic director and choreographer of Lara Kramer Danse, based in Montreal. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal, in 2008.

Kramer is a First Nation dancer and choreographer whose work is intimately linked to memory and her Aboriginal roots. 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.

Her work has been presented at The First People’s Festival, Montreal (2009), Festival Vu sur la Relevé, Montreal (2010), Talking Sticks Festival, Vancouver (2010 & 2013), Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa (2011), the Banff Centre, Banff (2011), Public Energy, Peterborough (2012), Planet IndigenUS, Toronto (2012), Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver (2013) , Tangente, Montreal (2013) and New Dance Horizon, Regina (2014).  Her acclaimed work Fragments (2009) inspired by her mother’s stories of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, has brought her recognition as one of Canada’s bright new talents.

Her new creation NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”) received a commission from The Canada Dance Festival, and creation residencies at Espace Marie Chouinard and Conseil des arts de Montreal.

She has been on the faculty of the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Residency Banff Centre and has taught workshops in Vancouver, Regina and London, ON.

Intro/extro music: Rainbow by Emilie Simone

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