Noémie Lafrance

 

Noémie Lafrance is an acclaimed site-specific Choreographer, Director and Producer based in New York City, known for her innovative use of public spaces and architecture to stage large-scale performances and films.  Her work both reclaiming the public space and creating interactive theatrical experiences was said to have “Changed the fabric of New York City” – La Presse.  Lafrance’s work invites audiences to participate in a creative experience of their own, immersing themselves in the architecture of their city, and offering them new vantage points from which to view the world.

Lafrance’s epic public work Agora, seen by 15,000 people in NYC, reopened the McCarren Park pool site to the public after 20 years of abandonment.  Her signature work Descent staged in a stairwell, and recipient of 2 Bessie Awards was named “best performance of the year” in Time-Out NY and NY Times, and was performed over 80 times. She is currently developing the Rapture Series an international series of large-scale site-specific installations staged on the architecture of Frank Gehry. She won the MVPA award for the choreography of the popular Feist Music Video 1234, which went viral with over 15 million hits on YouTube, was featured on iPod ads, and won numerous awards internationally including a Grammy Award nomination.  Lafrance is a Lambent fellow and her work was presented internationally in prestigious venues and festivals including the Whitney Biennial, Festival TransAmérique, and Festival de Cannes 2011.  She has also choreographed for Opera, Visual Art works, Film, TV, Advertising and the Music Industry, collaborating with prominent artists such as Feist, David Byrne, Doug Aitken, Snow Patrol, Patrick Daughters and many others.


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Awards

Alpert Award - Nomination 2009
Grammy Award Nomination - “Best Video” Choreography Feist “1,2,3,4” 2008
Music Video Production Award - Choreography - Feist “1,2,3,4” 2008
Le Prix Victoire de la Music - Choreography - Feist  “1,2,3,4” 2008
CAD Awards in London - Choreography - Feist “1,2,3,4” 2007
Bessie Award - Descent -Choreography 2003
Bessie Award - Descent - Score 2003
Lambent Fellowship - Tides Foundation 2002


Articles:

New York Times Magazine
Time Magazine "Innovators"
Dance Magazine "25 to Watch"
NY Sun "Urban Pioneer"
Air Canada
Good Magazine

BBC World Interview
Quiksilver: Water Dancer
David Byrne "Feel My Stuff"
Sundance Interview
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