Liz Lerman

Choreographer Liz Lerman wins Blaney Award

November 5, 2009

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Celebrated American choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, Liz Lerman, is this year’s winner of SFU’s Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue.

The international humanitarian award, named after former SFU president Jack Blaney, is given every two years to a world figure who exemplifies the spirit and programs of SFU’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Lerman founded the Maryland-based Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and has cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble (her dancers span six decades) into a leading force in contemporary dance.

The Washington Post describes her as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art." Her dance/theatre works have been performed internationally and her aesthetic approach ranges from the abstract to the personal and political.

"Liz Lerman has spent a lifetime building bridges between diverse communities, using dialogue as a tool in dance and cross-disciplinary arts projects," says Mark Winston, academic director of the Wosk Centre.

"She reaches out to those who may not normally have a voice, and she inspires others with her vision, her passion and her desire to raise awareness on pressing social and environmental issues."

Lerman accepted the award at an invitation-only event Oct. 19 while she was in Vancouver as a Visiting Fellow at the Wosk Centre participating in a number of workshops, dialogues and public performances.


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