Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet and jazz technique. Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, she has created a unique movement style for the stage and the classroom that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Rebecca holds a BA from Princeton University (2002) in English and Theater and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2013) in Choreography.
Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a full-time faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, where she also taught during her MFA candidacy. Additionally, Lemme has been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Additionally, she has guest taught at the American College Dance Festival, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, Beloit College, and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and has been a Choreographer in Residence at Grand Valley State University setting work and teaching master classes within the Dance Department. Through a holistic approach to dance education her classes merge critical thinking processes with skill building and art making. In addition to contemporary technique, she teaches ballet and jazz with an emphasis on whole-body connectivity.
Rebecca has been commissioned and presented by LA Contemporary Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Los Angeles Theater Center, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos’ New Dances, California Institute of the Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Grand Valley State University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and was a finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago. Her work with Acts of Matter has been performed throughout Southern California and Chicago and toured to New Mexico in Fall 2018. Thematically and physically, Rebecca’s work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in her work.
Rebecca has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater (2008-09), River North Dance Chicago (2005-08), RTG Dance(2005-06), Hedwig Dances (2004-06), and Instruments of Movement (2002-06), working with and performing choreography by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro, Frank Chaves, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Alejandro Cervera.
Release Technique Class Description:
Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, the class encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Release technique is a method of movement discovery in which the superficial musculature of the body gives way to essential skeletal mechanisms, ultimately revealing greater dimension throughout the body. Class work will be grounded in the principle that self-exploration is the dancer’s most effective tool of development and is essential to finding authenticity of movement. We will start with floor work, moving in and out of inversions, shift to standing work, and conclude with some phrase work or movement across the floor.