Originally from Lyon, France, Alice Lambert is a junior in Gallatin. Curious about the ephemeral nature of dance, she focuses on how we experience the world around us through our bodies, whether we are performers or audience members. Alice has performed and presented work at the Maison de la Danse and the Atrium in France, as well as BAM Fisher, New York Live Arts, the Hudson Guild Theater, Hatch Emerging Choreographers Series, and Movement Research. She worked with Crystal Pite for the premiere of Polaris at New York City Center, and is currently Co-Artistic Director of the Dancers and Choreographers Alliance. This is Alice’s third time presenting in GAF and she is excited to be returning this year with two pieces. She thanks her peers for their help in re-staging these works and her dancers for their constant, invaluable, golden presence.
In this duet, it is only me./It’s only me you’ll see./But it’s not only me./You’ll see. This is the dance that’s danced with someone who’s not here. The dance that’s danced when memories grow larger than life and pour themselves like thick honey into the spaces between our fingers, bringing us back to walks to school, summers in the South, board games on the kitchen table, spontaneous racing, pencil lines we drew to measure ourselves against the wall, and never-ending games of 1,2,3 Soleil, the French equivalent of the game Red Light, Green Light.
It starts with a question: What does “Up” mean? A point in space. A direction. A goal to reach, some height to gain and what to do once we’re up there. Elevation, ambition, competition, suspension. Or whatever it is that makes us rise in the morning, stay awake, climb during the day, and dream at night. Open Up. Grow Up. Give Up. Pick-Me-Up. Caught Up. Wait Up. Speak Up. Yoko Ono’s Skyladders planted the seed from which this piece grew. Along the way, new elements—John Dewey’s A Common Faith, Pixar’s animated short film La Luna, Ibrahim Maalouf’s buoyant melodies, and the energy with which people gather and stand Up for what they believe in—became new rungs of the ladder. First performed for DCA’s Fall 2017 Concert, “Up” returns to Gallatin in a re-staged version: five dancers, three ladders, and two small letters.