B.A. Theatre & Dance, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lise Friedman’s teaching involves the examination and design of a wide variety of publications and the relationship of popular culture to visual media and fashion. She is the author of several books, including two Children’s Book of the Month Club Selections, and with her sister Ceil Friedman, coauthor of Letters to Juliet, which inspired the idea behind the 2010 film Letters to Juliet. Prior to coming to NYU, she was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, editor of the award-winning quarterly Dance Ink, dance writer for Microsoft’s New York Sidewalk, editorial director of Access Press, Inc., and editor of several books, including “Poor Dancer's Almanac: Managing Life and Work in the Performing Arts” and “People Who Dance.” She received Gallatin’s Advisor of Distinction Award in 2007 and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, and is currently working on a film about Merce Cunningham’s work in the 21st century.
Teaching and Research Interests
performing and visual arts; translating performance experience into words and images; photography; graphic design; writing
Professor Lise Friedman has been invited to participate in a short residency with the dance department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison this winter. While there, she will screen excerpts of her upcoming feature documentary If the Dancer Dances. Slated for release in 2018, the film follows a group of New York City’s top modern dancers as they work to reconstruct Merce Cunningham’s iconic "RainForest," revealing what it takes to keep a dance alive.
Professor Friedman has been awarded a 2016-2017 NEA grant to support post-production costs for If the Dancer Dances, a documentary that she has worked on in collaboration with Maia Wechsler. The film follows the Stephen Petronio Dance Company's restaging of choreographer Merce Cunningham's "RainForest" (1968), a dance work featuring costumes by Jasper Johns, set design by Andy Warhol, and electronic music by David Tudor.