Rebecca Lazier with Dan Trueman & Mobius Percussion
Rebecca Lazier is a New York-based choreographer dedicated to creating work that examines the tensions between abstraction and sensory states, formalism and spontaneity, and the pursuit of individual agency while creating community. Lazier has collaborated with new music composers and ensembles including Shane Shanahan, Jody Elff, Fred Ho, Dan Trueman, Paul Lansky, Newspeak, and now, Sō Percussion.
Lazier’s work, Coming Together/Attica, a site-specific staging of composer Frederic Rzewski’s score with the amplified octet Newspeak at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, was named one of 2013’s most memorable experiences by critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Subsequently, it toured throughout the U.S. and to Canada, Turkey, and Greece. Its documentation was featured in an exhibit at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
In New York Lazier’s work has been presented at Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, and Movement Research at Judson Church. She has toured nationally to The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Jacob’s Pillow, Tulane University, Mobius (Boston), Columbia College (Chicago), Sushi Performance and Visual Art (San Diego), Princeton University, International Festival of Ideas (New Haven), and many venues throughout New England. Internationally her work has been presented at venues in Canada, Greece, Russia, Poland, and across Turkey. Lazier has received a Bessie Schönberg Choreography Residency at The Yard and was an honorary fellow at Djerassi. In New York she has been the artist-in-residence at the Joyce Theater Foundation, funded with major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Movement Research, funded, in part, by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. Lazier is currently on faculty at Princeton University.
Dan Trueman is a composer, fiddler, and electronic musician. His current projects include a double-quartet for Sō Percussion and the JACK Quartet, commissioned by the Barlow Foundation and to be premiered at Carnegie Hall; Olagón, an evening-length work in collaboration with singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, poet Paul Muldoon, and eighth blackbird, to be premiered at the National Concert Hall in Dublin; the Nostalgic Synchronic Etudes, described as “beautiful and haunting” by The New York Times; and ongoing collaborations with Irish fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. His work has been recognized by fellowships, grants, commissions, and awards from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, the Barlow Endowment, the Fulbright Commission, the American Composers Forum, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Meet the Composer, among others. He is Professor of Music and Director of the Princeton Sound Kitchen at Princeton University, where he teaches counterpoint, electronic music, and composition.