Ralph Lemon
Dancer and Choreographer
New York, NY
2006 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Prudential Foundation.

Choreographer Ralph Lemon is artistic director of Cross Performance Inc. in New York. Lemon develops intellectually rigorous, experimental, and innovative performances that are as socially and politically resonant as they are elegantly personal and formally beautiful. His epic cycleThe Geography Trilogy—which includesGeography,Tree, andCome Home Charley Patton—took eight years to develop and has been performed at major venues across the United States such as the Walker Art Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Yale Repertory Theater. He has also exhibited installations drawn from his research and working process as artwork, and has published several books to accompanyThe Geography Trilogywith Wesleyan University Press. Lemon is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Bessie, the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, and the American Choreographers Award.

Portrait photo courtesy Tara Fallaux.

  • Artwork by Ralph Lemon
    Come Home Charley Patton, 2004; photo courtesy Dan Merlo
Artwork by Ralph Lemon