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LARA
KRAMER

BIOGRAPHIE

Lara Kramer is a performer, choreographer, and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-cree
and settler heritage, raised in London, Ontario. She lives and works in
Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. Her choreographic work, research and field work over
the last thirteen years has been grounded in intergenerational relations,
intergenerational knowledge, and the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools of
Canada. She is the first generation in her family to not attend the Residential schools.

Her creations in the form of dance, performance and installation have been presented
across Canada and Australia, New Zealand, Martinique, the US and the UK.
She has received multiple awards, acknowledgments, and prizes for her work both as
an emerging and established artist. Lara was appointed a Human Rights Advocate
through the Holocaust Memorial Centre of Montreal in 2012, following the national tour
of her work Fragments, a performance piece informed by her mother’s stories and lived
experience as a survivor of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada. In 2014, Lara
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”. In 2017-18 Lara was presented with the prestigious Ashley Fellowship
with Trent University, as well as appointed the CanDance creation fund for her work
Windigo. In 2018, Lara received the Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize for recognition of artistic
excellence and distinguished career achievement in dance.


Her works are noted for the use of decelerating time to further enter an embodied
pacing, sensing, and awareness on part of both performer and audience. Often blunt
and raw, playing with the strength 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 practice is in Performance, Choreography, Multidisciplinary
Art-sound, video, and Visual Art.


In 2017 Lara curated Welcome to Indian Country for MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
as part of Eclectik where she premiered This Time Will be Different, created with Emilie
Monnet. The installation and performance piece denounced the status quo of the
Canadian government’s discourse regarding Indigenous relations and criticized the
“national reconciliation industry”. In 2020, Lara was commissioned to create two new
public billboard works, located on the façades of Café Cherrier and the Bonsecours
Market in Montreal. In Blankets, Herds and Ghosts is a new work by multidisciplinary
artist and choreographer Lara Kramer, Dazibao satellite is the result of a special
partnership between Dazibao and the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).


She has been on the faculty of the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre
and has taught workshops across Canada and in Australia and New Zealand. In 2016
Lara initiated The Cradleboard Project, a multi-generational community project fostering
the reclaiming of traditional practices developed in collaboration with her mother, artist,
and knowledge keeper Ida Baptiste offered at the Native Women’s Shelter and Native
Montreal. She was the guest teacher at Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia – The National
Theatre of Greenland in 2018. She also landed her debut role in François Delisle film
Cash Nexus in 2019 as supporting character Angie. Lara has participated in several
residencies including Indian Residential School Museum of Canada in Portage la Prairie

in 2008 and Dancemakers Artist in Residency from 2018-2021. In 2021, Lara joined the
MAI as an associate artist and programming curator for the MAI’s 25th anniversary
season. Lara Kramer is aCenter de Création O Vertigo – CCOV Associate Artist since
2021.

FTA
Artists

Qudus Onikeku - 30/05

Lara Kramer - 31/05

Nadia Beugré  - 1/06

Naishi Wang &

Lukas Malkowski - 2/06

Catherine Gaudet - 3/06

FTA Workshops
Series

May 30 to June 3

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

(17.5 hours)

Wilder Building

Studio: to be confirmed

Pricing and

Registration

DAC pro - $ 158 ($ 9 / hr)

Standard- $ 228 ($ 13 / hr)