Instructions for Use: an internal survey of 40 years of improvisational dance, with Lisa Nelson, Jan.14


Choreographer, performer, videographer, and coeditor of Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal, Lisa Nelson will talk about how her personal history in dance evolves from a need to learn how to see. During this talk, she will show excerpts of videos of her work and collaborations with various artists.


photo by Zana Premus


LISA NELSON has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the ’70s.  Stemming from an investigation of video and dance in the ’70s and ’80s, she developed an approach to spontaneous composition and performance she calls ‘Tuning Scores.’ Travelling widely to perform, teach, and create dances, she maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Scott Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, and Image Lab, a research /performance ensemble exploring Tuning Scores. She received a NY “Bessie” Dance and Performance award in 1987 and an Alpert Award in the Arts in 2002. She lives in Vermont, USA.

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