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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.


Multi-disciplinary | Site-specific | Interactive

Plein Air the future (2017)

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


Almost WildNYC (2016-ongoing)

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


Dance a Weed (2016)

Collaborative mapping and choreography event. Commissioned by Chance Ecologies/Newtown Creek. Held at Old Plank Road Newtown Creek access point, Maspeth, Queens


Vox Populi (Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice) (2015-16)

Facilitating Dutch Kills residents to show their love for their neighborhood, history and places, and local businesses. Outcomes related to Fellowship:

  • Distributed Archive. In group show: Archive of Affect, curated by Culture Push, NURTUREart (April, 2017). Installation in 2 parts: map and photo archive inside gallery; and, “Joe’s Story,” creative non-fiction short story based on interview with Dutch Kill’s resident Joe Dente typed on cards posted in locations around the gallery neighborhood. In addition, 3 collaborative mapping events: 1. Bushwick Hidden History. Produced by Atlas Obscura in collaboration with CartoDB 2. History in Plain Sight produced by Culture Push and NURTURE 3. NURTUREart Education Department ran two workshops, one for school kids and one for differently abled adults.
  • Vox Populi: Dutch Kills in group show: Artifacts and After Effects, curated by Culture Push, Westbeth Gallery (July 9-30, 2016)
  • Dutch Kills: Found Art Scavenger Hunt co-produced by Atlas Obscura. In cooperation with shops in Dutch Kills and Flux Factory (April 2016)
  • The Hidden Art of Dutch Kills Walking Tour co-produced by Atlas Obscura. In cooperation with shops in Dutch Kills and the Fisher Landau Center for Art (April 2016)
  • Wooden Toymaking Workshop co-produced by Atlas Obscura. With LIC shop-owner Milan Uherik/Slovak-Czech Varieties (March 2016)
  • StreetWalks photo show: street photos taken by resident photographers. Co-curated with Sal Espinoza. Venue: Our Coffee Shop (July-November 2015)

Navigating the Queens Plaza Transportation Hub Street Level Without a Smartphone or Other Prepared Map (2014)

Commissioned by Interactive wayfinding event done without printed maps or GPS based on the Neighborhood Registry of Special Places


Reproductive Rights Walking Tour (2014)

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


Urban Chorology (2011)

Commissioned by Movement Research Spring Festival. Participatory exploration of ecology and history underlying the built environment, Park Slope to Gowanus.


Imagined History: Seneca Village 1857 (2010)

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


City from a Plant’s Perspective: Mapping NYC As Native Flora (2007, NYC – Floyd Bennett Field, Coney Island)

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). Exhibited: NewYorkNewYorkNewYork, Flux Factory 2008


Peter Stuyvesant’s Ghost (2006)

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, Transmission Arts, NY Society for Acoustic Ecology. Presented by 5 Dutch Days/5Boroughs

Dances and Staged Works (Selected)

Radiodance (2004-5, Amsterdam)

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 (


The Great Migration (2004, Wales)

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.


Multiple dance works choreographed and produced as Lise Brenner Company (1995-2000)

Full evenings and shared programs produced by Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Mulberry Street Theatre and elsewhere in NYC and Minneapolis.

Sustainable Culture and Community

Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability (October 2010 – Sept 2011)

Co-founder. Research and articulate the role of arts and culture in fostering sustainable urban communities.


Chez Bushwick: Capital B (2007-8)

Artist participant. Artists and community organizations: how to preserve and strengthen existing community infrastructure in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.


Fractured Atlas: Place + Displaced. (2006-7)

Researcher for dance in North Brooklyn. Interviews, report.


Haus am Lützwoplatz, ART & BUSINESS. Residency at Stiftung Warentest: Choreography & Creativity in Management (2002, Berlin)

Producer | Curator

Northside Town Hall (NYC, 2009-2011)

Founding curatorial board for free programming at North Brooklyn Town Hall Community & Cultural Center.


Studioz OT301 (Amsterdam, 2004-5)

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.


Broome Corner Platform (NYC, 1995-2001)

Co-founder of dance presentation/discussion series. Presented over 500 dance artists.

Publications | Panels | Symposiums

Scores included in’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

Installing Dancing Parallax (Special Issue: Installing the Body), Volume 14, Issue 1, 2008, Univ. of Leeds.

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