Photo by Rebecca Bryant

Lisa Nelson

LISA NELSON is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the 70s. From an investigation of video and dance, she developed an approach to real-time editing and collaborative performance she calls "Tuning Scores." Nelson travels widely to perform, teach, and create dances and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, and Image Lab—Scott Smith, KJ Holmes, and Karen Nelson. She co-edits Contact Quarterly dance journal since '76 (, was encouraged by a Bessie Award in 1987 and an Alpert Award in 2002. Currently creating a real-time video editing application and 3D graphic computer game with Contredanse in Brussels, she'll be presenting new dance work at Roulette on January 24th. Her writings are accessible on Critical Correspondance, and She lives in Vermont.

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MELT – TUNING SCORES Laboratory - Composition, communication, and the sense of imagination

Jan 12 – Jan 16, 2019