Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Workshop 

Choreographer Liz Lerman engaged an interdisciplinary group in a two-hour workshop to allow us to experience the similarities between the essential elements of choreography and the vital functions of community. We got out of our chairs and got on our feet, most of us clearly out of our comfort zones. "I like getting out of my comfort zone," Lerman revealed; furthermore, she not only likes "rattling around in someone else's universe," but she is fueled by her ignorance of a topic that she wonders about. "I use ignorance as an engine." Thus challenged, we followed Lerman through a series of exercises involving moving, leading, following, partnering, inventing, collaborating, manipulating space, managing time. We closed our eyes and trusted a complete stranger to lead us around the room; we stood and allowed someone else to sculpt us and move around us as a kinetic appendage; and at the end we agreed this creative interaction is useful in building community in everyday lives, but even more, we could get out of our personal stereotypes and confined worlds of work to gain yet another way to see, move and communicate. For more data, log on to

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