of good moral character
Lara Kramer | Lara Kramer Dance
Firehall Arts Centre
Lara Kramer’s artistic approach explores the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Kramer gives free rein to the silent, unspoken emotions in her creative process. In of good moral character, the aboriginal choreographer explores the private places of the home, examining the intimacy of domestic relationships with themes such as obsession, instability, isolation and violence. Whether dancing solo or in duet with the ever astonishing Lael Stellick, this work is an articulation of sensuality, vulnerability and explosive rage. Together the two dancers explore the tension between the need for self expression within the constraints of the conventional home, showing the intensity of the relationship and the isolation that sometimes results from them.
Lara Kramer is the choreographer, artistic director and arts administrator Lara Kramer Danse, a company based in Montreal. Kramer received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal (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 Peoples Festival, Montreal (2009), Festival Vue Sur la Reléve, Montreal (2010), The Talking Sticks Festival, Vancouver (2011 & 2013), Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa (2011), The Banff Centre, Banff (2011), M.A.I. (Montreal arts intercultural), Montreal (2010 & 2011), Public Energy, Peterborough (2012) and Planet IndigenUS, Toronto (2012). 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.