March 21, 2016

What I Think: Rebecca Lazier

Rebecca Lazier, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a senior lecturer in dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts who also choreographs and directs a project-based group of dancers in New York. After graduating from Juilliard, she became a choreographer and joined the dance faculty at Princeton in 2002. Her newest work, There Might Be Others, was developed over three years — including a sabbatical in Poland, Turkey, Greece and Canada — and premiered March 16-19 at New York Live Arts in Manhattan. A condensed version, “This Is Another,” will be presented in “Under Pressure,” a performance by Princeton dance seniors of new and repertory works at 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in McCarter Theatre Center’s Berlind Theatre.

In musings drawn from two interviews, Lazier reflects on body image, fear, teaching at Princeton and the artistic process of choreography.

In my choreography, I’m fascinated by the balance between chaos and order…When people watch my work, I want them to have an experience of recognition and empathy. I’m presenting what I believe is beautiful.

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