Lise Brenner is an artist, writer, choreographer and dramaturg. Her location-specific interactive pieces spotlight the everyday sites where history, memory and meaning interact. Some NYC-based works: Peter Stuyvesant’s Ghost, City from a Plant’s Perspective, Imagined History: Seneca Village, Vox Populi: Dutch Kills/Distributed Archive. Her work, in the form of dances, site-specific events, and an organization, has been supported by, among others, NURTUREart, Culture Push, Chance Ecologies, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYSCA Media Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Dance Theatre Workshop, iLAND art/iLAB, White Oak Foundation/Artward Bound, Netherland-America Foundation, Mondriaan Stichting, Harkness Foundation, Chance Ecologies. She is a Field Agent for Atlas Obscura and a freelance writer.
An event of Works on Water for Arts Brookfield. 8 artists, free sketchbooks, assorted scientists. Based on information from the pre-European environment (c. 1609) and climate change projections for 2080, artists paint their vision of the future of Zuccotti Park, at Zuccotti Park
Collaboration with Christopher Kennedy exploring the city’s waterfronts for vacant lots and corners that allow for ephemeral, accidentally wild places. Will result in interactive guidebook
Collaborative mapping and choreography event. Commissioned by Chance Ecologies/Newtown Creek. Held at Old Plank Road Newtown Creek access point, Maspeth, Queens
Facilitating Dutch Kills residents to show their love for their neighborhood, history and places, and local businesses. Outcomes related to Fellowship:
Commissioned by www.ilandart.org Interactive wayfinding event done without printed maps or GPS based on the Neighborhood Registry of Special Places
Commissioned by Words of Choice. Historical tour + street performance illuminating history of contraception and reproductive rights in NYC. Tour script and route, organizer and manager of guides
Commissioned by Movement Research Spring Festival. Participatory exploration of ecology and history underlying the built environment, Park Slope to Gowanus. http://www.movementresearch.org/festival/11/
Commissioned by Central Park Urban Park Rangers, interactive ‘tour’ over site of vanished community of African American and Irish landowners c. 1826-1858. Imani Uzuri, musician; Leda Meredith, urban forager; Sarah Lohman, food historian; Emily Gallagher, actress, museum educator
Supported by iLANDart 2007 iLAB Residency. Living ‘choreography’ of plant dispersal and ecological succession. Uli Lorimer (curator, native plants, Brooklyn Botanical Garden); Katrina Simons (landscape architect, Australia). http://www.ilandart.org/ilab/city-from-a-plants-perspectve/ Exhibited: NewYorkNewYorkNewYork, Flux Factory 2008
Sound art on pay phones, walking tours, installation at PS122—re Pieter Stuyvesant’s erstwhile (c 1650) farm. Participating: 21 artists; multiple organizations: New York City Audubon Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, PS122, St. Mark’s Church, free103point9.org Transmission Arts, NY Society for Acoustic Ecology. Presented by 5 Dutch Days/5Boroughs
Live performance & broadcast. Choreography, dancer. Colin McLean (sound), Marion Traenkle (multi-media artist, architect, light), Fransien van der Putt (radio host). Performed at OT301; broadcast on Radio Patapoe; re-commissioned by Radiodays, De Appel (www.radiodays.org)
Simultaneous translation as performance. Choreography, dancer. Welsh translation: Llynis Davies. Welsh/English text recordings and live performance: Margaret Ames. Produced by and performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Theatr Felinfach.
Full evenings and shared programs produced by Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Mulberry Street Theatre and elsewhere in NYC and Minneapolis.
Co-founder. Research and articulate the role of arts and culture in fostering sustainable urban communities.
Artist participant. Artists and community organizations: how to preserve and strengthen existing community infrastructure in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.
Researcher for dance in North Brooklyn. Interviews, report.
Founding curatorial board for free programming at North Brooklyn Town Hall Community & Cultural Center.
Co-founder of curated performance series: dance/multi-media performance; music; cinema. Integrated arts/community/café housed in old cinema school squat legalized by Amsterdam city council.
Co-founder of dance presentation/discussion series. Presented over 500 dance artists.
Scores included in iLandart.org’s A Field Guide to iLANDing–scores for researching urban ecologies. 53rd State Press. (2017)
Studios Worked Here. Movement Research Journal, Spring 2014.
Panelist: Dance and Environment, Eco-Logic on WBAI Radio. Host: Ken Gale. (2014)
Panelist: Arts & Sustainability, Movement Talks, 92nd Street Y (2014)
Panel Chair: Repetitions: Rehearsing Design & Performing Research, Performance Studies International, Univ. of Leeds, UK (2012)
Presenter: Mapping Native Flora: Collaborative Processes, iLAB Symposium, March 2009, New School, NYC
Mapping Native Flora in NYC, Chorography of Collaboration Performance Paradigms #4, 2008, Univ. of Adelaide, Australia
Judge: International Festival of New Choreography, Iasi, Romania. 1999
MFA, Multidisciplinary Performance. DAS, University of the Arts, Amsterdam
BA, Honors. History and Classics. Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY