Learning Curve is Dancehouse's development program aiming to place emerging choreographers in an immersive and intimate environment with a prominent figure of dance making and thinking. Learning Curve recognises the relationship between experience and development and encourages dance makers to consider the essential nature of a career in dance as a life-long learning process.

After an inspiring edition in 2014 led by dance luminary Deborah Hay, Dancehouse is pleased to announce Jennifer Lacey as the 2015 Learning Curve teacher.

Congratulations to all this year's participants: Alex Harrison, Jo Lloyd, Sarah Cartwright, Shelley Lasica, Prue Lang, Bryan Smith, Cobie Oger, David Huggins, Lilian Steiner, Atlanta Eke, Shian Law, Nat Abbott, Deanne Butterworth, Frankie Snowdon, Maud Leger, James Welsby and Sarah Aiken.

Dates:  7 - 12 April
10am - 2pm
Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse
Cost: $450 Full | $400 Conc | $350 Member
Bookings: Participation in Learning Curve 2015 is by application.



Paris-based American choreographer Jennifer Lacey is a much acclaimed award-winning artist and pedagogue. Over the past 15 years she has taught technique, improvisation and composition all over the globe, in institutions, studios, festivals and most recently and regularly at ImpulsTanz where she will be leading the danceWEB program this year.

Jennifer has worked with and is still working with a plethora of incredible New York artists such as Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, John Jaspers and Yvonne Meir. In Paris, she has forged a long lasting collaboration with visual artist Nadia Lauro. Her works have been presented extensively at PS 122, Danspace, Menagerie de Verre, Tate Modern etc. In 2014, she received Doris Duke Impact Award.


As far afield from traditional dance performance as the work often goes, Jennifer Lacey is committed to her essential point of view as a dancer and strives to produce a thinking body of work in which poetics transcend a conceptual basis. Her choreographic practice is based on an interrogative development, producing aesthetic rules, body vocabulary, and behaviors specific to each piece or context. The form of the workshops she leads are often performative and capable of producing content rather than just transmitting it. With Learning Curve, she will be focusing on composition by using her or the participants' existing material as the basis for generating critical analysis based on a working practice.  



Jennifer Lacey is an American choreographer now based in Paris. During the 90s while New York City, Lacey was a member of the Randy Warshaw Dance Company as well as a dancer with Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, John Jasperse, Yvonne Meir and Ellen Fisher among others. At the same time, she began developing her own work, which was presented at PS 122, Movement Research, Danspace as well as at many European venues and festivals, notably the Kaai theatre, Menagerie de Verre and the Szene Salzburg Festival.

In 2000, Lacey moved to Paris, founded Megagloss with Carole Bodin and began what became a longstanding collaboration with artist Nadia Lauro. Their collaboration has produced many works including "$Shot", "Chateaux of France", "Mhmmmmm" and "Les Assistantes". A monograph of their work was published in 2007. In addition to her work with Lauro, Lacey has founded a number of projects with ambiguous borders: "Projet Bonbonnière" - a research and living project designed to rehabilitate Italianate theatres; "Prodwhee" - a disposable series of performances using the dance residency as currency; "Robinhood" - a mythic and invisible performance with artist Cerith Wyn Evans; "Robinhood - The Tour" - an act of theft perpetuated with composer/musician Hecker, presented recently at the Tate Modern; and "Transmaniastan" - a work commissioned for "a choreographed exhibition" at the Kunsthalle, St. Gallen. She has also produced several solos: "Two Discussions of an Anterior Event" (2004), "Tall" (2007) and "Ouch"(2007) (a tap version of Carolee Scheeman's Internal Scroll). In 2009, she presented "Culture & Administration", a duet in collaboration with Antonija Livingstone. For the past two tears, she has been in residence at the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in Paris. During this time she has produced two projects, "Ma premiere fois avec un dramaturge", and "I heart Lygia Clark". These projects are performative but fall outside the standard modes of dance production and spectacle. In 2011, Lacey premiered a collaboration with American choreographer Wally Cardona and Jonathan Bepler, "Tool Is Loot". This group is currently engaged in a 4-year 8-part project, "The Set-Up" based in meetings with international dance "masters". She is also currently presenting Culture Administration and Trembling a work made with Antonijia Livingstone, Steven Thompson, and Domanique Petrin.

She has taught technique, improvisation, composition etc. all over the globe for the last 15 years in institutions, studios and festivals. As a teacher of technique Lacey has been influenced by her studies with Release Technique pioneer Joan Skinner. Over the past 10 years, her teaching has expanded into her artistic practice. The form of the workshops is taken as performative and capable of producing content rather than just transmitting it. She has been developmental in designing and running a project at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna for artists who teach. This program is in its 6th year and will function as the DanceWeb coach this year.

Jennifer received a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014.

Image credit: Ian Douglas. Laurent Ziegler.