BIO | CV - Lise Brenner Creative
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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. Her work, in the form of dances, site-specific events, and an organization, has been supported by, among others, NURTUREart, Culture Push, Chance Ecologies, Works on Water, 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 on faculty at Movement Research, has been a Field Agent for Atlas Obscura and is a freelance writer (


Multi-disciplinary | Site-specific | Interactive

Walking Art and Relational Geographies: Girona-Olot-Vic

Walkshop presented in collaboration with multimedia artist Sin Wah Lai using methods drawn from our respective practices of collaborative performance and site-specific installation. Participants explored the many intersections of time-based events that we collectively name ‘a landscape’ using choreographic principles and then created their own mini-installations. The conference and interactive festival was produced by Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea, Catalonia.



International Encounters/Conference Walking as a Question: Prespa, Greece

Walking Into Dancing was a 5-day workshop offered as part of this event curated by and the University of Northern Macedonia. Based on the premise that every walk, even the one from bed to stove, is a complete journey, a narrative filled with a dizzying variety of events, locations, people, creatures, most of which we overlook. If walking is a controlled forward fall, a dance of conscious and unconscious choices, who is the I choreographing my daily journey(s)? Why do I begin walking? What do I look for and what do I see? When and why do I choose to end?


Chance Ecologies: Wild Panorama Walk

An event of the 2018 Open Engagement conference at the Queens Museum. Group presentation with curators Catherine Grau & Nathan Kensinger and artists Daniel Campo, Nate Dorr, Edrex Fontanilla, and Sarah Nelson Wright. An immersive audio-visual walk around the Panorama, exploring abandoned post-industrial sites across all five boroughs of New York City to describe how each site’s unique ecologies are responding to specific post-human environmental conditions.


Plein Air the future

An event of Works on Water for Arts Brookfield in Zuccotti Park (NYC). Based on information from the Manahatta Project regarding NYC’s pre-European environment (c. 1609) and climate change projections for 2080, 6 artists painted their vision of the future of Zuccotti Park, at Zuccotti Park, over the course of 6 hours. “Viewfinders” (so park visitors could take pictures of the present through the lens of either the ‘past’ or ‘future’) and free sketchbooks were available. See:


Almost WildNYC

Collaboration with Christopher Kennedy exploring the city’s waterfronts for vacant lots and corners that allow for ephemeral, accidentally wild places


Dance a Weed

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


Vox Populi

Begun during Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice, 2015. 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 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 NURTUREart 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
  • Dutch Kills: Found Art Scavenger Hunt co-produced by Atlas Obscura. In cooperation with shops in Dutch Kills and Flux Factory
  • 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
  • Wooden Toymaking Workshop co-produced by Atlas Obscura. With LIC shop-owner Milan Uherik/Slovak-Czech Varieties
  • StreetWalks photo show: street photos taken by resident photographers. Co-curated with Sal Espinoza. Venue: Our Coffee Shop

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

Commissioned by Interactive wayfinding event done without printed maps or GPS based on the Neighborhood Registry of Special Places (created through interviews and walks with Dutch Kills residents)


Reproductive Rights Walking Tour

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

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

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 (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).
Group Exhibition: NewYorkNewYorkNewYork, Flux Factory 2008


Peter Stuyvesant’s Ghost

Sound art on pay phones, walking tours, sound walks and a permanent installation at PS122–bringing the Dutch colonial era into 21st century NYC through exploring the East Village, aka Pieter Stuyvesant’s erstwhile (c 1650) farm. Participating: 21 artists; multiple organizations including: New York City Audubon Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, PS122, St. Mark’s Church, Transmission Arts, NY Society for Acoustic Ecology and others. Presented by 5 Dutch Days/5Boroughs, supported by the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), the Netherlands-America Society and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

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