NGS (Native Girl Syndrome)

by Lara Kramer

April 21-23, 2016
Aki Studio


Creative Process Members
Cris Derksen & Patricia Iraola
Rehearsal Director
Maria Simone
Technical Director & Lighting Designer Paul Chambers
Music by Robert Gordon, The Dirtbombs, Link Wray & The Guess Who
Musical Arrangement by Lara Kramer & Scott Russell

Interpreted by Angie Cheng & Karina Iraola


4 Stars

“A grim story… the message was effective at spurring a reflection in all of us.” – BachTrackMontréal

NGS “allows us to see a reality that we would like to ignore & which we are collectively responsible.” – Sur les pas du spectateur, Montréal

“The intimacy of this rare and unique perspective… all unimaginably difficult… produces a striking sense of humanity”
Les prix Spirale, Montréal

“The emotional hangover these tremendously talented dancers carry is unmistakable & unforgettable.” – The Dance Current

“Kramer is a talent to watch. She wears her heart on her sleeve, which translates into dance theatre that is as vulnerable as it is emotional.”
The Globe and Mail

Lara Kramer’s new creation NGS (Native Girl Syndrome) dives into street culture, as enacted in a raw theatrical performance by Karina Iraola and Angie Cheng. Their drug filled, disassociated personas take the audience on a dynamic journey of addiction, loss, and alienation.

NGS (Native Girl Syndrome) is inspired by the experience of Kramer’s own grandmother who migrated from a remote First Nations community into an unfamiliar urban environment as a young woman.

Kramer’s grandmother was a child of the residential school system, which she left for a better life in a large city. There she became homeless. NGS (Native Girl Syndrome) explores the effects of cultural disorientation, assimilation, and the self-destructive behavior her grandmother endured.


Lara Kramer would like to thank Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, Canada Dance Festival and Cirque du Soleil for their generous support.

Running Time is 60 Minutes; No Intermission
Audience Advisory: Mature Content


Single Tickets $25 available online.
Double Bill with Spirit Transforming $40 available by phone.
Thursday-Saturday at 9pm.
Purchases made online or by telephone are by credit card only.
At the door payments accepted by cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard.

Box Office Telephone: 416-531-1402 Email: boxoffice[at]

More information on ticket pick-up here.

headshot - Lara KramerLara Kramer

Lara Kramer is the Choreographer and Artistic Director for Lara Kramer Danse, based in Montreal. Kramer is an Ojibwa/Cree dancer and choreographer whose work is intimately linked to memory and her Aboriginal roots. Working with strong visuals and narrative, Kramer’s work pushes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Her work is political and potent. Political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples. Kramer has been recognized as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

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Header Photo by Marc J Chalifoux