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Bealtaine, Dublin Dance Festival and Create, are delighted to invite you to participate in a Critical Response Process workshop led by renowned US choreographer Liz Lerman

About Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process Workshop

Liz’s inspirational work in reshaping ideas about creativity and organisation has been hailed by both arts and business sectors in the United States. Her Critical Response Process is a method for getting useful feedback on anything you make, from dance to dessert, through facilitated dialogue between the creator and a group of responders.  This workshop offers a discussion of key concepts for critique, and a chance to experience the process in action.

About the Critical Response Process: Developed almost 15 years ago, the Process has been embraced by artmakers, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance departments, orchestras, museums and more. The Process has deepened dialogue between artists and audiences; it has enhanced learning between teachers and students. By extension it has proven valuable for all kinds of creative endeavors, work situations, and collaborative relationships, from kindergartens to corporations.

The workshop;
· Takes place on Tuesday December 9th 2008. 11am until 2pm.
· At The Abbey Studio, Middle Abbey St, Dublin.
· Cost - €20, in advance.
· The workshop will be limited to 21 people.
· The workshop is accessible for people with limited mobility

To register, contact Dominic Campbell on 01 805 7709.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Liz will give a talk on her work and approach at the Abbey Theatre on Monday, December 8th from 6.15pm. Free admission, booking essential on 01 87 87 222.

LIZ LERMAN, a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker is founder of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Described by the Washington Post as “the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art,” her dance/theater works have been seen throughout the United States and abroad. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political, while her working process emphasises research, translation between artistic media, and intensive collaboration with dancers and communities.

She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976, and has cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble, with dancers whose ages span five decades, into a leading force in contemporary dance. She’s received numerous honors including the American Choreographer Award and Washingtonian magazine’s 1988 Washingtonian of the Year. In 2002 her work was recognised with a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, and she was recently inducted into the University of Maryland’s Hall of Fame.Liz’s work has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, BalletMet, and the Kennedy Center, among many others.

From 1994 to 1996, in collaboration with the Music Hall of Portsmouth, N.H., Liz directed The Shipyard Project, which has been widely noted as an example of the power of art to enhance such values as social capital and civic dialogue. From 1999 to 2002 she led Hallelujah, which engaged people in 15 cities throughout the United States in the creation of a series of dances “in praise of” topics vital to their communities.

Current projects include Ferocious Beauty: Genome, an investigation of the impact of genetic research in our lives, a commission from the Harvard University School of Law for a work observing the human rights legacy of the post-WWII Nuremberg Trials, a project exploring the Big Bang with CERN’s Hadron Collider alongside choreographic explorations of coal mining, radical prayer, and geology.

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