Lara Kramer returns to Kia Mau Festival with Them Voices following on from her haunting production Windigo in 2019.
This solo performance explores the inter-relationality between land, the artist’s body and her memory and future memory, drawing on notions of performance, social critique and cultural resistance.
Kramer addresses a world where histories come together to assess the consequences of our actions on future generations. Laying out in all possible directions. What has been exerted, and what is failed. What is not yet seen or dreamt of. All is together, intersecting in Them Voices.
The artist strives to re-imagine new pathways connected to future ancestors in their flight and journey.
“With Lara’s work, you see the evocation, the atmospheres, that’s what we need to start unpacking- not just the crimes but the actual atmospheres that surround/ed those crimes and that still infuse our everyday lives in this country. “
CONCEIVED, CREATED, SET AND PERFORMED by
Lara Kramer, Oji-cree
SOUND CREATION AND EDITING
Lara Kramer + Simon Riverin
Ivanie Aubin-Malo + James Oscar
Festival TransAmériques + Centre de Création O Vertigo
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Canada Council for the Arts + Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec
Centre de Création O Vertigo- CCOV + Place des Arts + Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal + Théâtre Aux Écuries + Dancemakers (Toronto)
Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 27, 2021
Lara Kramer is a performer, choreographer, and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-cree and settler heritage, raised in London, Ontario. She lives and works in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal.
Her choreographic work, research and field work over the last fourteen years has been grounded in intergenerational relations, intergenerational knowledge, and the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada. She is the first generation in her family to not attend the Residential schools.
Kramer’s relationship to experiential practice and the creative process of performance, sonic development and visual design is anchored in the embodiment of experiences such as dreams, memories, knowledge, and reclamation.
Her creations in the form of dance, performance and installation have been presented across Canada and Australia, New Zealand, Martinique, Norway, the US and the UK.
Her work brings the audience into the art world, where stillness and silence are knowledge, where the experience of art acts as a mode of transportation into daydreams, imagining, creation, and possibility. This possibility is the connection to social justice and social change.
She has received multiple awards, acknowledgments, and prizes for her work both as an emerging and established artist. In 2018, Lara received the Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize for recognition of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement in dance. Two artworks from Kramer’s In Blankets, Herds and Ghosts were recently acquired by Pointe-à-Callière, Museum of Archaeology and History (2022-23).
Lara has participated in several residencies including Indian Residential School Museum of Canada in Portage la Prairie in 2008 and Dancemakers Artist in Residency from 2018-2021. In 2021, Lara joined the MAI as an associate artist and programming curator for the MAI’s 25th anniversary season. Lara Kramer is a Center de Création O Vertigo – CCOV Associate Artist since 2021.