Lara Kramer is the choreographer and artistic director of Lara Kramer Danse, based in Montreal. Kramer is an Oji-Cree choreographer and performer whose work is intimately linked to memory and her aboriginal roots.
Her work has been presented at the OFFTA, Montreal (2008 & 2014), First Peoples Festival, Montreal (2009), Festival Vue Sur la Reléve, Montreal (2010), The Talking Sticks Festival, Vancouver (2011 & 2013), Canada Dance Festival (2011 & 2014), The Banff Centre (2011), Planet IndigenUS (2011), the MAI (Montreal arts intercultural), Montreal (2010 & 2011), Public Energy, Peterborough (2012 & 2015), 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 “Canada’s bright new talent”. 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 in 2012.
Kramer’s creation NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”) was awarded the Scholarship of Audacity – Caisse de la culture from the OFFTA in Montreal 2014, as well was commissioned by The Canada Dance Festival.
She has been on the faculty of the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre and has taught workshops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto and London, ON.
“I work with my gut, a hollowing feeling in my gut. I fill what has been empty, I fill it with sound. Poetic sounds of movement, breath, sweat and warmth.
I place a strong importance in connecting to my blood land, examining how it resonates in the body and spirit. Honouring our connection to the earth is an important practice to understanding our human and spiritual condition and identity.
I create from a place of exploring trauma, lateral violence and the aftermath of Indian residential schools which is prominent in my family’s history. The effects it has on intimate relationships and the fragmentation and isolation of ones experience in present times. I continue to research the colonial impact on First Nations in Canada, exploring the radical changes in governing systems, relations to land, treaties and family structures.”