Lizzie Leopold

Lizzie Leopold

LIZZIE LEOPOLD | WORK
Lizzie Leopold was awarded a Fall 2018 Co-MISSION Residency


Performers: Amanda Dye, Michelle Giordanelli, Jacinda Radcliffe, Laura Vinci de Vanegas

The Leopold Group presents a choreographic counterpart to Artistic Director Lizzie Leopold’s dissertation research, focusing on making dances and making a living. This “Work” asks questions about dance work, labor, and value. Working to make it work. How does choreography work? What does this embodied labor look like? And what is that work worth? We’re asking these questions in the studio and on the stage, and as we run from rehearsal to day jobs, side jobs, and family obligations. Working to make it (a) “Work.”

Lizzie Leopold recently completed her Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Theater and Drama at Northwestern University this spring. Leopold also holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University. Her dissertation, “Commodifying Choreography: The Sale, Licensing, and Appraisal of Concert Dance Repertory,” looks at dance valuation practices and intersections of dance- making and business structures. Leopold is the founder and Artistic Director for the Leopold Group, a Chicago based modern dance company celebrating a decade of dance in 2017. Leopold served on the Board of Governors for the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance and on the board of the Congress on Research in Dance.