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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
It has been said that the United States has never really stopped fighting its Civil War. A glance at any current news source will suggest that we may never be finished with the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, either. All of which makes "Healing Wars," the thoroughly original theatrical work conceived and directed by Liz Lerman, all the more timely and important. Commissioned by George Washington University and given its premiere by Arena Stage, this engrossing fusion of drama and dance (some music, too)
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
It all started with a number: 49. Peter Bruun, a Copenhagen, Denmark-born artist who has made Baltimore his home since 1987, created a series of 49 drawings two years ago. "I thought at the time that they were simple sketches," Bruun says. "I then realized that I was 49, soon to turn 50. No one would know looking at those 49 drawings that they addressed life passing, but that's what I saw in them - the dawning awareness that you have a life behind you, and a finite horizon ahead.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,[SUN REPORTER] | October 29, 2006
LIZ LERMAN IS RUSHING down the hall toward yet another dance rehearsal. Her hair has come loose from its clip -- again -- and escaped strands fly about her head like a swarm of bees. Lerman is a MacArthur Award-winning choreographer, and ideas burst forth from her with such rapidity and vigor they practically create a disturbance in the atmosphere. Squint, and you almost can see the rapid fanning of invisible wings. LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE "30TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE" / / Thursday and Friday / / Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park / / 301-405-2787 or claricesmithcenter.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
It has been said that the United States has never really stopped fighting its Civil War. A glance at any current news source will suggest that we may never be finished with the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, either. All of which makes "Healing Wars," the thoroughly original theatrical work conceived and directed by Liz Lerman, all the more timely and important. Commissioned by George Washington University and given its premiere by Arena Stage, this engrossing fusion of drama and dance (some music, too)
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2011
When Peabody Institute professor Manuel Barrueco received an email alerting him that he had been nominated for a prestigious fellowship carrying a five-figure cash prize, he assumed it was spam, perhaps a variation of the Nigerian lottery scam, and deleted it. When Barrueco received several follow-up emails in the ensuing weeks, he also sent them unread to his computer's trash bin. It took a phone call and the blunt question, "What are you doing?"...
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 9, 1998
TAKOMA PARK -- By a mile or so, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is now a Maryland dance company.Well-known nationally for its diverse complement of dancers and community philosophy, Lerman's longtime Washington-basedtroupe moved a year ago to a former post office in Takoma Park -- about 1,700 yards over the D.C. line.Its concert this weekend at the Dance Place, Washington's busy venue for contemporary dance, continues a long tradition. But the company also is exploring its new state, with projects in local schools and a long-term relationship, beginning next summer, with the Columbia Festival of the Arts.
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By Carolyn Kelemen | July 21, 2011
"We are not an ordinary dance company," affirms Stephanie Yezek when asked about her Bare Contemporary Dance Collaboration . Together with co-founder Francesca Jandasek , the Howard County native is back in town after a whirlwind dance tour, and is hardly stopping to exhale before unveiling the duo's new work, "Gallery Space," July 24-25 at Washington's Dance Place. Yezek began her dance training in the Howard County school system, graduating from Bucknell College in 2003.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
It all started with a number: 49. Peter Bruun, a Copenhagen, Denmark-born artist who has made Baltimore his home since 1987, created a series of 49 drawings two years ago. "I thought at the time that they were simple sketches," Bruun says. "I then realized that I was 49, soon to turn 50. No one would know looking at those 49 drawings that they addressed life passing, but that's what I saw in them - the dawning awareness that you have a life behind you, and a finite horizon ahead.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2011
In the past 12 months, some especially high-energy creators have relocated from other metropolises and set up shop within city limits. While a scrappy inventiveness isn't new here — far from it — it could be that the city is reaching a critical mass of innovative thinkers in the arts. Baltimore may be on the verge of a growth spurt that will establish it once and for all as an arts center. It may be about to become a laboratory for experiments that blur the lines between theater, music and dance and the rest of life.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2011
This summer, MacArthur Award-winning choreographer Liz Lerman will leave the Takoma Park, Maryland troupe she founded in 1976 to pursue solo projects in dancing and writing. The company, now called the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, will revert to its original name — The Dance Exchange — on July 1. The new artistic director will be choreographer Cassie Meador, 31, who is in her 10 t h year with the troupe. "I have been so supported by the community in the Washington D.C. and Maryland area, and have been challenged to do my best work," Lerman said in a news release.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2011
In the past 12 months, some especially high-energy creators have relocated from other metropolises and set up shop within city limits. While a scrappy inventiveness isn't new here — far from it — it could be that the city is reaching a critical mass of innovative thinkers in the arts. Baltimore may be on the verge of a growth spurt that will establish it once and for all as an arts center. It may be about to become a laboratory for experiments that blur the lines between theater, music and dance and the rest of life.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2011
When Peabody Institute professor Manuel Barrueco received an email alerting him that he had been nominated for a prestigious fellowship carrying a five-figure cash prize, he assumed it was spam, perhaps a variation of the Nigerian lottery scam, and deleted it. When Barrueco received several follow-up emails in the ensuing weeks, he also sent them unread to his computer's trash bin. It took a phone call and the blunt question, "What are you doing?"...
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By Carolyn Kelemen | July 21, 2011
"We are not an ordinary dance company," affirms Stephanie Yezek when asked about her Bare Contemporary Dance Collaboration . Together with co-founder Francesca Jandasek , the Howard County native is back in town after a whirlwind dance tour, and is hardly stopping to exhale before unveiling the duo's new work, "Gallery Space," July 24-25 at Washington's Dance Place. Yezek began her dance training in the Howard County school system, graduating from Bucknell College in 2003.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2011
This summer, MacArthur Award-winning choreographer Liz Lerman will leave the Takoma Park, Maryland troupe she founded in 1976 to pursue solo projects in dancing and writing. The company, now called the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, will revert to its original name — The Dance Exchange — on July 1. The new artistic director will be choreographer Cassie Meador, 31, who is in her 10 t h year with the troupe. "I have been so supported by the community in the Washington D.C. and Maryland area, and have been challenged to do my best work," Lerman said in a news release.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,[SUN REPORTER] | October 29, 2006
LIZ LERMAN IS RUSHING down the hall toward yet another dance rehearsal. Her hair has come loose from its clip -- again -- and escaped strands fly about her head like a swarm of bees. Lerman is a MacArthur Award-winning choreographer, and ideas burst forth from her with such rapidity and vigor they practically create a disturbance in the atmosphere. Squint, and you almost can see the rapid fanning of invisible wings. LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE "30TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE" / / Thursday and Friday / / Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park / / 301-405-2787 or claricesmithcenter.
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By JUDITH GREEN and JUDITH GREEN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 8, 1998
Emily Birzak, 9, came to the first Liz Lerman Dance Exchange workshop attached to her mother. Each a brown-haired, pony-tailed echo of the other, they paired off together for the first exercise.It was simple: walking around with a partner, one with eyes open, the other with eyes closed. Communication was by touch and trust: By gentle pressure of a hand, a nudge from a shoulder, a slight push from a hip, the one who could see guided the direction and pace of the one who couldn't.Then things went a step further.
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By JUDITH GREEN and JUDITH GREEN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 8, 1998
Emily Birzak, 9, came to the first Liz Lerman Dance Exchange workshop attached to her mother. Each a brown-haired, pony-tailed echo of the other, they paired off together for the first exercise.It was simple: walking around with a partner, one with eyes open, the other with eyes closed. Communication was by touch and trust: By gentle pressure of a hand, a nudge from a shoulder, a slight push from a hip, the one who could see guided the direction and pace of the one who couldn't.Then things went a step further.
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June 18, 2004
Carroll Community College and the Carroll Arts Center are offering a series of children's entertainment programs this summer. Performing arts series features three live shows The Child Development Center at Carroll Community College will hold a Children's Summer Performing Arts Series featuring three monthly shows. Families and children ages 3 to 8 can explore the arts through live performances of Magpie on Thursday, Wild Thing! The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange on July 15 and Baba Jamal Koram on Aug. 5. All shows will be held at 10 a.m. in the Scott Center theater at the 1601 Washington Road campus in Westminster.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 9, 1998
TAKOMA PARK -- By a mile or so, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is now a Maryland dance company.Well-known nationally for its diverse complement of dancers and community philosophy, Lerman's longtime Washington-basedtroupe moved a year ago to a former post office in Takoma Park -- about 1,700 yards over the D.C. line.Its concert this weekend at the Dance Place, Washington's busy venue for contemporary dance, continues a long tradition. But the company also is exploring its new state, with projects in local schools and a long-term relationship, beginning next summer, with the Columbia Festival of the Arts.
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