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Laura Peterson

New York, NY   

Laura Peterson Choreography

My dances are deeply influenced by the visual art and dance of the 1970’s, particularly Earth Art and time-based conceptual art, as well as the minimalist sculptors of the 1960’s in Europe and America. Since 2007, my work has included built-in performance environments that transform the space and are developed simultaneously with the choreography. I frequently employ repetition, iteration, and mathematical patterns as a means of expanding my concepts. These techniques, developed in the work of minimalist artists and composers in the 20th century, have been part of my research regarding form and serve as a point of departure from which I consider visual and compositional possibilities. Each dance is an environment, a concept, a performance, highly refined and rigorously researched.

My company, Laura Peterson Choreography, has had residencies and commissions at the HERE Arts Center in NYC, Temple University in Philadelphia, Queens Museum of Art, Dance New Amsterdam in NYC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as a Swing Space artist at both 14 Wall Street and on Governors Island, and created a dance for the Sitelines series at NYC’s River-to-River festival. I have received two Mondo Cane! commissions at Dixon Place in 2007 and 2009. My choreography has been produced throughout NYC, internationally in Europe and South America, and in the US at venues including Lincoln Center Out-of- Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, and many others. In 2012, I created dances for visual artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits in conjunction with Boise Art Museum and Balance Dance Company. As an assistant choreographer to Risa Jaraslow I traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to work with Kannon Dance. I have been commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, DROP Dance and have made dances for Princeton University, Hunter College, NYU’s Tisch Dance Dept, Old Dominion University and Lehman College. I teach contemporary dance technique and improvisation at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department at Rutgers University and in NYC studios including Mark Morris Dance Center, 100 Grand and Dance New Amsterdam. I hold an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Dance Department and a BFA from University of the Arts. 

Forever. (excerpt)

Imagine a kaleidoscope’s saturated and seamless, dazzling light, perfectly symmetrical and precise in its geometry; endlessly changing. Forever is a quartet performed on a large, luminous white circle to a looped and layered, bumpy vocal score by Lumberob (Rob Erickson).
This is a video of Forever. performed at the International Contemporary Dance festival, Bytom, Poland
Dancers: Laura Peterson, Kate Martel, Edward Rice and Luke Gutgsell
Music: Lumberob
Set Design: Laura Peterson and Jon Pope

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Failure (excerpt)

small defeats and colossal mistakes.
everyone knows what it’s like to fail.
This promotional video of Failure by Laura Peterson Choreography provides highlights from this compelling evening length dance.
For more information please visit LPchoreography.com
Artistic Director: Laura Peterson
Performed by Kate Martel, Janna Diamond, Michael Ingle and Laura Peterson
Production Design: Laura Peterson
Lighting Design: Nanette Joyce
Video by Peter Richards

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Wooden (part 2 trees)

Wooden is an evening length dance for 4 people about time and nature’s geometry.
Wooden (part 2) takes place a dry and barren landscapes of static, hanging driftwood, disjointed movement and big dynamic shifts of momentum.

Performed by Laura Peterson, Kate Martel, Janna Diamond and Edward Rice.
Sound Design by Soichiro Migita with music from Venetian Snares (part 2) and Rob Erickson (Corridor)
Lighting Design by Amanda K. Ringger.
Costumes by Candice Thompson
Production Manager and set collaborator: Jon Pope

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