Liz Lerman Residency

Liz Lerman Podcast and Lecture Video Available

Liz Lerman and John Borstel talk about Critical Response Process as part of the ICE Conversation series about peer review across disciplines. Podcast and transcription are available at

A DVD of Liz Lerman’s lecture, “Hiking the Horizontal: Making Rules, Breaking Rules,” is now available for classroom use by UGA faculty and students. For more information please contact

Liz Lerman Residency
October 29 – November 2, 2012

Lecture: “Hiking the Horizontal: Making Rules, Breaking Rules”
Thursday, November 1 at 4 PM
Miller Learning Center Room 248

ICE is pleased to host Liz Lerman for a weeklong residency at UGA, sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Department of Dance, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Hodgson School of Music. The program is also supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and other donors.

Liz Lerman is a visionary choreographer, performer, educator, and writer best known for organizing highly collaborative works that cut across traditional disciplines and communities. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and a United States Artists Ford Fellowship. Her work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy Center among many others. Her recent work, The Matter of Origins, examines the question of beginnings through dance, media, and innovative formats for conversation supported by the National Science Foundation.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Milwaukee, Lerman attended Bennington College and Brandeis University, received her BA in dance from the University of Maryland, and an MA in dance from George Washington University. In 1976 she founded Dance Exchange, based in the Washington DC area and now regarded as one the most innovative and creatively expansive dance companies in the world. She is the author of many articles and books including “Teaching Dance to Senior Adults” (1983), “Critical Response Process” (2003) and “Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer” (2011).

Liz Lerman’s five-day residency will feature both her mastery as a choreographer and her extraordinary ability to galvanize and inspire dialogue among multiple voices – artistic, scientific, and scholarly – in all their varied perspectives. Her visit will include workshops, a public lecture, master classes in the Department of Dance, and training in the Critical Response Process, a critical feedback methodology that evolved over the past twenty years through workshops and a book that has been adopted by many artmakers, educators, and administrators.

Lerman will be joined by John Borstel, a visual artist, writer, arts administrator, and Senior Advisor for Dance Exchange. Borstel is the co-author of “Critical Response Process,” and has travelled widely to teach and facilitate this unique feedback system, which emphasizes the values of dialogue and active involvement by the artist.

For more information about Liz Lerman, please visit