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Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer

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The unique career of choreographer Liz Lerman has taken her from theater stages to shipyards, and from synagogues to science labs. In this wide-ranging collection of essays and articles, she reflects on her life-long exploration of dance as a vehicle for human insight and understanding of the world around us. Lerman has been described by the Washington Post as "the source ...more
ebook, 332 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Wesleyan (first published April 4th 2011)
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Heather
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read - highly recommended for those interested in the creative process and how the arts make us human. My favorite quotes:

Artists and scientists have a keen understanding that not knowing is fuel for the imagination rather than fuel for humiliation.

Ask a difficult enough question, and you will need more than one discipline to answer it.

It may look as if the artist is behaving like an activist, when actually all she is doing is building a world in which she can live and work.

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Hayley Marilao
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dance-philosophy
Super quick read that has inspired process based questions about my own training and creative endeavors.
Nora Blue
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before you start Lerman's book strap on your thinking cap. The author writes in such a manner that you hike along with her. The book is written in an episodic style as Lerman meanders through her brain listing books, people and experiences that influenced her and how she took these experiences to render her own unique voice and choreographic style. She describes the problems she encountered on this journey, some of which she solved and some of which remained stubbornly inaccessible. She presents ...more
Stephanie Evans
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Liz's book is a must read for anyone working in the arts and arts administration. Her writing inspired my thinking about new ideas, new ways of working, and new possibilities. My favorite passages are Liz's discussions around structure ( in life and in work) and her ideas around framing community, accessibility, and how the arts fit into it. Her style of writing takes some getting used to, especially if you're a linear thinker like me. But enjoy the dive into the nonlinear world of Liz Lerman, a ...more
Meg
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Liz Lerman is a genius, a true creative innovator. Her tools have been applicable in every workshop I have taught since discovering her work. About more than choreography, Liz gives us new ways of thinking about and navigating life.
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