Workshop with Lara Kramer

April 15th to 18th 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
$8.50 / class for those eligible for the reduced rate*
$25.00 / class full rate

Discovery of state of body

In this workshop, we will enter a creative process that supports the discovery of a state of body. The aim will be to explore and enter a state that will inform the physicality and theatricality of each individual. Working in solo form, participants will be encouraged to respond instinctually to lead explorations. We will develop an anchor, a central working system in the sensing body to build from. Time will be allotted to develop and expand on personal connections made, deepening an awareness to the layering within state of body.

~I work with my gut, a hollowing feeling in my gut, I fill what has been empty, I fill it with sound. Raw sound of movement, breath, sweat and warmth. It is within my artistic process that I have further connected to my Aboriginal roots. I work with storytelling within my creative process as a way of exploring how the mapping of stories from my family’s history resonates in the body and how it can be transferred symbolically in my work connecting to the past, present and future.


Lara Kramer – Biography

Lara Kramer is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-Cree and settler heritage. Her critically acclaimed works portray the contrast of the brutal relations between Indigenous peoples and colonial society, and have been presented across Canada and even in Australia. These include Fragments (2009), inspired by her mother’s stories of being in residential school, and Native Girl Syndrome (2013), about how Native women have internalized trauma. Windigo (2018) can be viewed as its masculine counterpart, where trauma is externalized through different ages and bodies, individuals and objects. Her work deals with the aftermath of cultural genocide. The 2017 installation and performance piece This Time Will be Different, created in collaboration with Émilie Monnet, denounced the status quo of the Canadian government’s discourse regarding First Nations and criticized the “national reconciliation industry”. Based on a theatrical vocabulary and her Indigenous roots, Lara Kramer’s work employs narration and powerful imagery. Often blunt and raw, playing with the strengths and weaknesses of the human spirit, her pieces stand out for their engagement, sensitivity, close and instinctive listening to the body, and her attention to the invisible.

Her first appearance at the Festival TransAmériques 2018 consists of a double bill: the performance piece Windigo and the installation Phantom Stills & Vibrations, presented at MAI, works that plunge the spectator into the reality of the former Pelican Falls Indian Residential School near Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Three generations of her family were forcibly sent to the school. Kramer continues her denunciation of hidden realities, profound traumas that permeate the history of her people.

Kramer was awarded the Scholarship of Audacity – Caisse de la culture from the OFFTA in Montreal 2014 and has been recognized as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

Lara has participated in several residencies including Dancemakers artist in residency for 3 years 2018-2021.


*For more information, please contact us at (819) 822-8912 or at info@sursaut.ca