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Artists at school


Montréal

Lara Kramer

Performing arts
Dance Theater

Presentation

Emmamuelle Calvé et Lara Kramer

Lara Kramer: Ojibwa and Cree on her mother's side, Lara Kramer is an independent choreographer and performer based in Montréal whose work is inspired by her Aboriginal roots. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montréal, in 2008, where she earned the James Saya Memorial Bursary for Excellence. She has trained abroad in Vienna, Finland, and New York City where she took part in choreographic research projects.

Kramer has danced for Rosy Simas, Veronique Gaudreau, Lucie Grégoire, Gaetan Gingras, and Heddy Maalem, and worked with Yves Sioui Durand of Ondinnok, a Montréal aboriginal theatre company. Since 2006, her work has been performed at the Montréal Fringe Festival (2006 and 2007), Art Matters Festival (2008), Studio 303 (2008 and 2009), OFF T.A. (2008), and La Sala Rossa (2008). For her creation Fragments Lara took part in the artistic residency programs at the Indian Residential School Museum of Canada in Manitoba and Gesù Centre de Créativité in Montréal, and received bursaries from the Canada Council for the Arts and Emploi Québec’s Jeunes Volontaires program. Fragments premiered on June 11, 2009—the anniversary of Steven Harper's apology to the survivors of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada—co-presented by the First Peoples Festival and Le Gesù, Centre de Créativité in Montréal. It has since been shown several times: New Winds, a Manitowapan Production in collaboration with Montréal arts intercultural (2010), Festival Vue sur la Relève (2010), Talking Sticks Festival (2011), Canada Dance Festival (2011), and The Banff Centre (2011). Lara has also worked in collaboration with Maria Mora Alcolea of Brussels to create The Lake (2010) under the guidance of Frey Faust in Finland.

Making inroads as a choreographer, Lara was granted a mentorship project with Catherine Tardif and Circuit-Est and a creation residency with Usine C in support of her new creation, of good moral character (2011). She has taught in Vancouver and at the Banff Centre Indigenous Dance Residency Summer Program (2011). Most recently Lara became an international partner of the NYC-based Untitled/Collective.

Proposed approach and type of activities


Children of the Crow

Children of the Crow is a dance-theatre project offered by Lara Kramer and Emmanuelle Calvé. Our connection to our aboriginal roots inspires and influences our creative process. The project aims to offer children the opportunity to create outdoors in nature and to experience a shared creative dance-theatre process by focusing on an animal, the crow. Participants will explore movement and theatre as they develop their own crow within the natural environment. The crow totem animal offers many teachings that are embedded in the creative process with participants. The simplicity and magic of the crow is accessible to everyone.

Schedule of Activities: Warm-up of body and voice, short discussion around the crow and native culture, creation of the crow’s nose, creation of a choreography working with composition techniques, creation of the physical properties of their version of the character—the crow in nature—discussion of their experience and the importance of dance. Objectives: Participants will gain theatre and dance experience in a group setting and learn how to create a choreography using their composition tools and build a character. They will also learn about the professional dance-theatre world. Students will establish a deeply-felt personal connection to nature and an awareness of First Nations culture. They will explore their imagination and creativity through healthy physical activity, and build autonomy in their own creative ideas.

Other examples of activities

  • Storytelling around the totem animals. (We will supply stories to the teacher).
  • Produce a drawing of the totem animal that best represents you.
  • Explore other totem animals through movement by using composition techniques (space, time, and rhythm).
  • Create a profile of each student’s crow by photographing students wearing their noses for an in-school exhibition.
  • The game of the tree. In a group of two, one of the children is a tree and the other is the wind. The one who is the tree cannot move his legs, the other moves around the tree gently manipulating the arms and torso in clear directions to create the sensation of the wind.

Further activities available upon request.


Special conditions

Large black paper for constructing crow’s noses. 13 sheets of black paper per group x 3 groups = 39 sheets. Approximately $40.

Access to the outdoors:

  • Suitable outdoor clothing that lets participants move freely.
  • If the teacher wishes, the crow’s nose can be created prior to the activity with the artists.

For information

Lara Kramer
Phone : 514 935-6364
Email : lalakramer@hotmail.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

No

Levels

Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6

Available in

Bas-Saint-Laurent, Capitale-Nationale, Mauricie, Estrie, Montréal, Outaouais, Laval, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montérégie, Centre-du-Québec

Other language(s)

French

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