Rebecca Lemme/Acts of Matter

Acts of Matter (Long Beach, CA) Founded in 2014, Acts of Matter is a project-based performance group with a mission of revealing and reveling in our greater humanity through investment in process and collaboration. The work of the company 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 the work. As a choreographer, Artistic Director Rebecca Lemme is inspired by the ability of movement to move people—to stir in them something innately human: the need to find connection. Acts of Matter hinges on the belief that as a society we are defined by what unites us—by what makes us similar, not what makes us different. Drawn from immensely personal inspiration, the work creates a window in which others can see their own experience reflected. Her work suggests that at the core of every private struggle or individual joy is something universal.

Rebecca Lemme, Artistic Director of Acts of Matter, is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet, jazz, improvisation, and composition. Currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at CSULB, she has also been on faculty at CalArts, Columbia College, Roosevelt, Hubbard Street, Visceral, and Joffrey. She has toured nationally with Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, and Hedwig Dances. Lemme holds a BA from Princeton University in English and Theater and an MFA from CalArts in Choreography.

Photos by Karta Purkh Khalsa and Scott Groller