Lauren Grace Bakst makes dances and organizes conversations. Her work is primarily concerned with the space between representation and experience, language and embodiment. Lauren’s choreography has been presented in New York (the Drawing Center, Movement Research, Danspace Project, Abrons Arts Center, BAX, etc.), Philadelphia (Bodega Gallery, the Drake) and in Colorado (Counterpath Press, Colorado College). She has performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists and writers including Michelle Boulé, Claudia La Rocco, Mariana Valencia, Jen McGinn and Aynsley Vandenbroucke.
Since 2011, Lauren has contributed to and served as the online performance editor for BOMB Magazine, providing a space for artists to explore their creative practice in dialogue with each other. In addition to writing for BOMB, she has recently contributed to the American Realness zine Reading and to the Emergency Index. She has read her writing at the New Museum.
Lauren is a lecturer at the University of the Arts where she teaches Languaging Dance, Thinking Choreographically and organizes the lecture series Knowing Dance More. KDM brings renowned artists and scholars—Susan Leigh Foster, Nora Chipaumire, Deborah Hay and Miguel Gutierrez, among others—to engage the UArts student body and the larger Philadelphia public with the multiplicity of ways that dance moves through the world.
Lauren holds a BA/BFA in Dance and Gender Studies from Hollins University, summa cum laude. Her undergraduate thesis, “The Bound Yet Persistently Moving Critical Distance Between My Body and Woman,” was presented at the 2011 National Women’s Studies Association conference in Atlanta, Ga. Lauren will continue her study this summer as a danceWEB fellow at ImpulsTanz.
Class Schedule, Fall 2014
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