Doris Duke Impact Award, 2014
New York, NY and Paris, France
Jennifer Lacey’s choreographic practice is based on an interrogative development; producing aesthetic rules, body vocabulary, and behaviors specific to each piece, which are often—but not always—performative. Her work, I Heart Lygia Clark (2011), was a "therapy without pathology" for one audience member and three dancer therapists; and her collaboration with Doris Duke Artist Wally Cardona, Tool is Loot, was created after a series of performances with “dramaturgs,” who had no experience in dance. Her work has been presented at international venues including PS122, the Kitchen, ImPulsTanz, The Tate Modern, the Biennale de Lyon, Tanzquatier Vienna, Centre Pompidou, and Kyoto Arts Center, often in close collaboration with visual artist Nadia Lauro. She has been instrumental in developing several professional programs such as the Essaies programme (Centre National de la Dance in Angers, France, director Emmanuelle Huhyn) and "TTT/ Impulstanz," a European Union-funded laboratory for artists who teach. In March 2014, she premiered The Set Up: Heni Winahyuningsih, part of a multi-year project initiated by Wally Cardona and made in dialogue with dance "masters" from around the world.