About

About the Company

Laura Peterson Choreography is a New York City based dance company creating work that challenges the limits of physicality and redefines performance spaces.

 

“I am an interdisciplinary artist working in choreography and installation art. I create works that challenge the limits of physicality and reframe performance spaces. My interest in the arts – both live performance and visual forms – has always been deeply connected to my engagement with history and politics. In my dances, I am both concerned with the elegance of formalism, and underlying philosophical and social structures. While remaining profoundly influenced by modernism and the minimalist art works of the 1960s and 1970s, my intent lies in understanding the governing principles of the world in which we live and trying to make sense of the chaotic reality of 21st century life. I consider my art deeply American in its constant regard toward current events and its commentary on the various aspects of our contemporary surroundings, from the discontent within the individual to the political disarray of a society fixated on success.”

-Laura Peterson, 2018


Laura Peterson has had choreographic residencies and commissions nationally and internationally for the last 10 years including HERE Artist Residency Program (NYC), The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Marble House Project (Vermont), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC), The Queens Museum of Art/ Topaz Arts (Queens, NY), Temple University’s Reflection/Response Commission (Phila), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), and others.

 

Laura’s work has recently been included in The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done. She performed SOLO at the “Judson Dance Theater Reassembled” event at Judson Memorial Church in NYC. Her dances have been presented in the US, Europe and South America at venues including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Out-of- Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, and throughout New York City. She created two dances for visual artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits in a project with Balance Dance Company and the Boise Art Museum. Laura choreographed dances for Hartford Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet through a Choreographers and Composers commission from the Carlisle Project.

 

Laura has received support from the Greenwall Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, and a Pennsylvania Arts Council Choreography Fellowship.

 

Her performance credits include Julie Taymor’s film, Across The Universe, choreographed by Daniel Ezralow. She has performed with Poppo & the GoGo Boys, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, Paule Turner’s court (Philadelphia), Group Motion Dance Co  (Philadelphia), Asimina Chremos (Chicago, Philadelphia), Eun Jung Choi (NYC), and many others.

 


Awards by Year

2018 Commission for “Paper Room: Fold/Unfold” from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

2016 Marble House Project Residency for “Solo”

2014 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship to research and create “The Futurist” at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.

2012 Reflection Response Commission for Failure at Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University

2009-2011 HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and commission for Wooden

2010 Commission for Everyone from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Sitelines Series

2010 Trust for Mutual Understanding grant to support the tour of Wooden and Forever in Poland

2009-2011 Artistic Residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space at 14 Wall Street and Governors Island

2009, 2010 Greenwall Foundation Grants

2009 Topaz Arts/ Queens Museum of Art Artist-in-Residence

2008 Brooklyn Arts Council Artist Grant

2007-2008 Dance New Amsterdam Artist-in-Residence

2007, 2009 Mondo Cane! Commission Dixon Place (I Love Dan Flavin, Forever)

2008 Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation Individual Artist Grant

2007 Puffin Foundation Ltd. Grant


WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Classes are offered for any guest artist or touring engagement.

Laura has taught dance and created repertory at universities in the US including Princeton, Marymount Manhattan, Hunter College, Old Dominion, SUNY Brockport, NYU’s Tisch Dance Department and others. She currently teaches dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, in studios throughout NYC, and in festivals in the US and internationally.

An intermediate workshop offered for universities and festivals:
Continuous Dancing:

This workshop is highly physical and blends full-bodied and dynamic movement with elements of improvisation to create a sense of continuity, athleticism and detailed dancing. 

We begin with focusing exercises designed to support the experience of looking closely at the space around us as we simultaneously bring awareness to the body’s internal systems and small continuous movements that connect the outside with the inside. With this awakened state the dancing becomes fuller as we both find clarity in the body through contemporary dance technique and work toward an understanding of how these elements relate to the concepts that are at the heart of Laura’s choreographic process and the resulting dancing.

COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES


Jon Pope (Co-Installation Designer and Technical Director) has worked in collaboration with Laura Peterson Choreography creating performance environments and directing installations for the last 10 years. He is a NYC Licensed Contractor building and renovating residential and commercial spaces. Jon is a LEED Accredited Professional and a DSNY Certified Master Composter. For the last 4 years Jon has worked with Public Works Collaborative with whom he has created public art in NYC, and built a permanent sound installation in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of SUNY College of Environment Science and Forestry at Syracuse University, and was a fisheries biologist for the State of Alaska for four years. In 2013, Jon was a contributing author to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s publication Easy Compost. Jon plays bass and writes music with his bands Commonweath Revival and Poor Colin.

 


Jennifer Syrdor and Darrin Wright duet in FailureJennifer Sydor  described as “dazzling” by The Boston Globe and “remarkable for her intense focus and vivid dramatic skill” by The New York Times is thrilled to be working with Laura Peterson Choreography. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University.  In NYC, Jennifer has worked with choreographers such as Vanessa Walters, Jill Sigman, Stefanie Nelson, Nia Love, Janice Lancaster, Sharon Moore, Ben Asriel and Janessa Clark.  She has toured internationally  as a dancer with the avant-garde  pop band Fischerspooner, in collaboration with the experimental theater company, The Wooster Group.  She has performed in Doug Elkins’ Bessie Award winning Fraulein Maria, and as a featured performer in David Parker and The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked, for five seasons.  Jennifer was a guest artist with the Dayton Ballet’s 75th Anniversary season. Jennifer is also in her tenthseason as a guest dancer with The Metropolitan Opera where she has worked with Tony Award winning directors such as Mary Zimmerman, Michael Grandage and Bartlett Sher.  She has appeared in The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts worldwide, and on PBS’s Great Performances in the operas Manon, DonGiovanni, Armida and  La Sonnambula.


Darrin Wright (Dancer), a Brooklyn-based artist, is a native of Los Angeles, California where he started tap dancing at the age of six. His early trainings were taking tap classes, which led to jazz with Ian Gary; learning about choreography and performance in high school with Janet Roston; taking post-modern dance with Rudy Perez. In 1997, Darrin joined The Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as part of their farewell tour. He received his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002. Since graduation, Darrin has had the pleasure of working with The METopera, Susan Marshall, Terry Creach, Jane Comfort, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, Yanira Castro, Jack Ferver, Tami Stronach, Antonio Ramos, Leslie Cuyjet, Doug Varone, Laura Peterson, Amber Sloan, Nancy Bannon, Linsey Bostwick, Nina Winthrop, Linsday and Jason Dietz Marchant. Darrin teaches master classes in technique, composition and improvisation throughout the country. In 2009, he received a Bessie Award for his work with A Canary Torsi’ Dark Horse/Black Forest.


Ayumu Poe Saegusa (Lighting Designer) started his professional career in 2000 in Tokyo, Japan. He moved into NYC in 2005 and became the resident lighting designer of HERE in SoHo. From 2006-2016 Poe has worked as a designer for the annual CultureMart Festival at HERE Arts Center. He also works as a freelance lighting designer for various shows from NY Fringe Festival to Lincoln Center. His credits include Skriker(William College 2016, MA) by Kameron Steel and Rite of Spring (ROSE THEATER Jazz At Lincoln Center 2014, NY) by Basil Twist. Philharmonic Orchestra New York Season 2016 &2017 (Lincoln Center ROSE THEATER). He has toured throughout the US, Europe and South America with shows he designed. He also works as a lighting coordinator between USA and Japan for the Japan Society, NHK (Japan Broadcast Corporation), FCI and many other clients with international projects. In 2017, he founded “CMsl” (www.creativemachien.lighting).

 


Guests Artists and Former Company Members


Jo-anne Lee (Dancer) originally from Singapore, is a New York-based dancer, actor, martial artist and choreographer. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Bachelors of Dance from Victorian College of the Arts at Melbourne University. Jo-anne was a founding member of the contemporary dance company Brian Brooks Moving Company with whom she performed and toured for eleven years. Some of her theatre credits include the staged combat productions of The Jaded Assassin and Last Life and her TV and film credits include CBS’s Blue Bloods and Wallabout, her first feature film. Jo-anne is an original member of the NYC cast for the long-running play Point Break Live. As a choreographer, Jo-anne’s works have been performed in NYC and internationally. Her recent dance, BOUND was created for RAW Moves, a dance company in Singapore. She has created repertory and taught dance as a returning guest artist at The Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. Jo-anne trains in wushu at the Liuhe Ziranmen Wushu school, is a certified Pilates and yoga teacher, and teaches both privately and group classes at Studio 26 and Chok Sabai Gym. Jo-anne has been part of various LPC projects since 2002.


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Kate Martel (Company member 2007-2017) grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Currently based Amherst, MA she lived in Brooklyn, NY and has danced in NYC since 2002. A member of Laura Peterson Choreography since 2007, Kate has also performed dances by Luis Lara Malvacias, Juliette Mapp, David Hurwith, Sarah White-Ayon and Nora Stephens. Abandoned classrooms, rooftops, black box theaters, churches, and lofts have been homes to her choreographic experiments (St. Cecilia’s, Rooftop Dance, Dixon Place, Women in Motion and Movement Research at Judson Church etc.). She has taught nationally, internationally and is on faculty at Western Connecticut State University. Kate earned her BA in Dance from Goucher College and  an MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher.


Michael Ingle began dancing at the University of Kansas while earning his BFA in Art History. Since moving to New York City in 2007, he has performed with Hilary Easton + Company, Tere O’Connor Dance, Laura Peterson Choreography, Deganit Shemy & Company, Megan Sprenger/mvworks, Makiko Tamura/small apple co. and Christopher Williams Dances, among others. He is a freelance lighting designer and stage-manager. Michael’s work has been presented at in Brooklyn at One Arm Red, Rooftop Dance, and Triskelion Arts and at Movement Research at Dance Theater Workshop and The Tank Theater in New York City. Michael danced with LPC from 2012-2015.


 18634_224569835753_679005753_3744682_5399354_nGUEST ARTIST in 2009 and 2010

Luke Gutgsell is a Brooklyn based dance artist.  He earned his BFA from the Ohio State University.   Luke also attended the Naropa Institute.  In 2005 he trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio.  He has apprenticed and performed with the Bill T. Jones Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts.  In addition, he has had the great pleasure of dancing with such artist as David Dorfman, Meredith Monk, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Jody Oberfelder, Christopher Williams, Tiffany Mills,  Risa Jaroslow and Chris Elam.  His dances have been produced in New York City by Dixon Place, Danspace Project, LaMama Theater and the West End Theater.  This summer his newest choreography will be performed by DaDa Dance Company in Merida, Mexico at the Festival Internacional Danza Avant Gard. Luke was a guest artist in 2009-2010.