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Rebecca Lazier

Senior Lecturer in Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts

Rebecca Lazier is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She grew up in Nova Scotia, trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and later moved to NYC, where she graduated from The Juilliard School. After graduating she trained extensively with Irene Dowd, as well as in developmental movement with Martha Eddy and Bartenieff Fundamentals with Laura Glenn; and studied composition and improvisation with choreographers Stephen Petronio, Lucinda Childs, Wendy Perron, and Ishmal Houston-Jones at Jacobs Pillow. Rebecca performed for many years with Laura Glenn and Pedro Alejandro, and was also a featured dancer in the work of Aydin Teker in Istanbul.

Rebecca’s first concert of her own choreography was in a gritty former gun factory in Hartford, CT in 1995. Since, she has performed her solo work nationally at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven); Educational Center for the Arts (CT); Springfield College (MA); Charter Oak Cultural Center (CT); UCLA (CA); Island Moving Company (RI); and internationally at The Diaghilev Museum (Perm, Russia); venues across Turkey in Urfa, Batman, Harran, and Adyiman.  She inaugurated the ODTU Dance Festival in Ankara; and performed in Istanbul at the Music Selengli Festival, Dulcinea, and Cemal Resit Rey.

In 1999 Rebecca retuned to New York and founded Terrain, with seven dancers, to further develop group work and to collaborate with composers, directors, and sound designers. She has worked with composers Shane Shanahan, Becet Mehmet Ates, Jody Elff, Fred Ho, Michael Wall, Daniel Trueman,  Paul Lansky, Gregory Spears and with theater directors Bartlett Sher and Ron Bashford.  In New York, Terrain has performed at the Guggenheim, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, 92nd Street Y, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at the Judson Church, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, John Houseman Theater, Broome Corner Studio, WAX, and Surf Reality.

Terrain has toured internationally to Canada several times, and performed nationally at James Madison University (VA); Provincetown Theater (MA); Liberty Science Center (NJ); Kalamazoo (MI); Mobius (Boston); Hartford (CT); ACDFA Festival (Muhlenberg College, PA); Columbia College (Chicago); Princeton University (NJ); Highways Performance Space (CA); and Sushi Performance and Visual Art (CA). From 2003-06 Terrain was the company-in-residence at the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival and Rebecca the Festival Director.

Rebecca recently completed artistic residencies with both the Joyce Theater Foundation and Movement Research. In the past she has been awarded residencies at The Yard, Artward Bound (a program of The Field) and at Djerassi, where she was named Honorary Fellow supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She has received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Canada Council on the Arts, Nova Scotia Arts Council and faculty research grants from Princeton University. Terrain has been a space grant recipient at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, and The Stable.

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