Biography of Lara Kramer
Lara Kramer is the artistic director and choreographer Lara Kramer Danse, a company based in Montreal. Kramer is an Oji-Cree (Ojibwe and Cree) choreographer and performer whose work is intimately linked to her memory and Aboriginal roots.She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal (2008).
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 OFFTA, Montreal (2008 & 2014), The First Peoples Festival, Montreal (2009), Festival Vue Sur la Relève, Montreal (2010),The Talking Sticks Festival, Vancouver (2011 & 2013), Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa (2011 & 2014), The Banff Centre, Banff (2011), MAI (Montreal arts intercultural), Montreal (2010 & 2011), Public Energy, Peterborough (2012), Planet IndigenUS, Toronto (2012), Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver (2013 & 2014), Tangente, Montreal (2013), New Dance Horizons, Regina (2014), Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Edmonton (2014), The Expanse Movement Arts Festival, Edmonton (2015) and Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto (2015).
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, a creation residency at Studio Marie Chouinard and at Conseil des arts de Montreal.
She has been on the faculty of the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre and has taught workshops in Vancouver, Edmonto, Regina, Toronto, Peterborough and London, ON.