Noemi Lapzeson

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Noemi Lapzeson
Born28 June 1940
Died11 January 2018
Occupation(s)dancer, choreographer, educator

Noemi Lia Lapzeson (28 June 1940, Buenos Aires, Argentina – 11 January 2018, Geneva, Switzerland) was an Argentine dancer, choreographer and educator. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the field of choreography in 1999.[1]

In 2002 Lapzeson was the first recipient of the Swiss Prize for Dance.[2]


Lapzeson's grave

Lapzeson as a child began to study movement through the Jaques-Dalcroze method.[3] When she was 14 her mother brought her to study with Ana Itelman.[3]

She won a scholarship from the Juilliard School.[3] There she studied classical dance, but she returned to contemporary dance in order to study under American teacher Martha Graham. By the age of 19 she danced and was a teacher at Graham's dance company in New York. Lapzeson helped to create the London Contemporary Dance School in 1968.[3]

In Geneva, Noemi Lapsezon taught Technique corporelle in the Institute Jaques-Dalcroze. She was also instrumental in the creation of the ADC (Association of Contemporary Dance for its acronym in French). She is said to be a pioneer for contemporary dance in Geneva.

Lapzeson is buried at the Cimetière des Rois (Cemetery of Kings), which is considered the Genevan Panthéon.[4]


  1. ^ "Noemi Lapzeson profile". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Schweizer Tanz- und Choreografie-Preis – PreisträgerInnen". Schweizer Tanz- und Choreografie-Preis - Stiftung Corymbo, Annette-Ringier-Fonds. Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "NOEMI LAPZESON, UNA BAILARINA DE 63 AÑOS". Danza Ballet (in Spanish). 15 March 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ Harby, Bill (2 August 2020). "A stroll through Swiss history at Geneva's Cemetery of Kings". SWI Retrieved 2022-03-15.

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