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Hiking the Horizontal
Field Notes from a Choreographer
Liz Lerman

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

Acknowledgments
• PROLOGUE
• QUESTIONS AS A WAY OF LIFE
• Fueling the Imagination
• Asking Questions as a Way of Life
• Two Dances: The Oldest and One Not Yet Made
• Wondering about Books
• The Sounds of St. Albans
• Was Einstein a Choreographer?
• Influence, Inquiry, Action
• WHO GETS TO DANCE?
• Manifesto
• The Roosevelt, Dancing
• The Shipyard, Dancing
• Speech and Silence: The Who Matters
• A Liberation in the Gallery
• Being Another: One Kind of Technique
• WHAT IS THE DANCING ABOUT
• I Met a Physicist
• Finding the Fish: On Meaning, Narrative, and Subject Matter Dancing
• Dancing on Both Sides of the Brain: An Essay in Text and Movement
• Justice and Genetics: Two Program Notes
• The Problem of Abstraction
• Two Ways To Be an Angel
PORTFOLIO OF SITE-SPECIFIC DANCES
• WHERE IS THE DANCE HAPPENING?
• Scene at a Bedside
• Choreographing Space
• My Favorite Night at Temple Micah
• The Stage and Why It Matters
• Three Places, Three Stories
• STRUCTURES AND UNDERPINNINGS
• A Brief Conversation with a Friend
• What Happens on a Residency?
• Dilemmas of Practice in Art and Healing: Response to an Email
• Structure: the Container that Holds the Dance
• What Is The Toolbox?
• Rehearsal, Defined and Redefined
• Free Fall
PORTFOLIO OF STAGE DANCES
• TRANSDOMAIN PRACTICES
• Calling the Ancestors
• In Defense of Creative Research
• Onward with Petichta
• Fresh Readings: Reviewing Books on Tango and Nureyev
• Ruminations and Curiosities: A Series of Anecdotes and the Questions That Follow
• Partnering and People
• Seven Paths to Creativity
• POLITICS
• Two Assertions
• A Return to Inquiry
• Activism, Professionalism, Purity
• It Is Easier to be Against President Bush Than It Is to Change Small Dynamics in Our Own Field
• A Job Swap and Slow Banking: Two Op-Eds
• Pushing Back: A Rant in Three Movements
• Small Righteous Angers
• BULKY LOVE
• To the Attendance Monitor at Sligo Creek Middle School
• Motherhood: Stories and an Interview
• Representation Found and Lost
• Critical Response at Home
• Bulky Love
• EPILOGUE
• APPENDIX: List of Choreographed Works, 1974-2010
• Index

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