Program Information for Paper Room workshop performance at HERE Culturemart Festival 2019

March 22 + 23 2019



Paper Room

Created by Laura Peterson Choreography

Collaborating Artists:

Performed by Jennifer Sydor, Darrin Wright, Marion Spencer, and Laura Peterson

Installation by Jon Pope and Laura Peterson

Sound design by Omar Zubair

Costumes by Charles Youssef

JON POPE (Installation Collaborator and Technical DirectoJon and Laura have been making performance installations for 14 years. They work as partners in realizing the visual design of every work. Jon has also worked with Public Works Collaborative since 2014 creating multiple public art works in NYC, and collaborated on a permanent sound installation in Lexington, Kentucky. Jon 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. During the ultimately successful fight to ban hydraulic fracturing in NYS Jon was a volunteer with Food and Water Watch, and he continues to advocate for climate justice. Jon is a licensed contractor in New York City.

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 training in tap led to studying jazz with Ian Gary, choreography and performance in high school with Janet Roston, 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 worked 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. In 2009, he received a Bessie Award for his work with A Canary Torsi’ Dark Horse/Black Forest.

JENNIFER SYDOR (Dancer) described as “dazzling” by The Boston Globe and “remarkable for her intense focus and vivid dramatic skill” by The New York Times, has worked with choreographers Laura Peterson, Vanessa Walters, John Carrafa, John Heginbotham, Jill Sigman, Stefanie Nelson, Nia Love, Sharon Moore, Kim Brandstrup, Janessa Clark, and others. She performed in Doug Elkins’ Bessie Award winning Fraulein Maria, and was a featured performer in David Parker and The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked for five seasons. She has toured internationally as a dancer with the avant-garde performance troupe and electro-pop band Fischerspooner, in collaboration with The Wooster Group. Jennifer is in her twelfth season as a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera where she has worked with Tony Award winning directors Mary Zimmerman, Michael Grandage and Bartlett Sher. She holds an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

MARION SPENCER (Dancer) is a performer, maker, and educator. She currently dances for Kendra Portier, Kinesis Project and Laura Peterson Choreography. Since moving to New York she has worked with Michelle Boulé, Athena Kokoronis, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty, Shandoah Goldman, Vanessa Justice, Hollis Bartlett, Michiyaya, and apprenticed with David Dorfman Dance. Marion’s choreographic work is an energetic and tonal collaging, sourcing imagination, desire, and our very real world. Marion’s works have been presented by Danspace Project (Draftworks) Gibney (Work Up), BKSD (SoundStep), Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, CPR (Fall Movement), Amherst College, the Dance Now Festival, and the Domestic Performance Agency. She graduated with honors from Vassar in 2009, where she studied Geography-Anthropology.

OMAR ZUBAIR (Sound Designer) – utilizing the skills developed and continually honed through art practice, scientific experimentation, and trans-ethnographic participation – has been focusing on expanding the scope of reality by creating a process of bringing back artifacts from the dream place, catalyzing the growth of new sensory organs via confocal synaesthetics, and building placetimes and languages from which multi-species groups can come together into temporary superorganisms. Omar has created sound for the Wooster Group, Lady Gaga, Paul Simon, French perfume commercials, movie trailers, spiritual gathering and has been traveling the country for a number of years developing a new national anthem.

CHARLES YOUSSEF (Costume Designer) received his undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design in New York and his MA in Womenswear from Central Saint Martins in London. Charles presented his graduate collection during London Fashion Week in February 2010.  Soon after launching, the line caught the eye of Lady Gaga, who purchased his collection for her 2010 concert tour. Charles held senior design positions at Calvin Klein in New York, Gareth Pugh in London, Cerruti in Paris, and Ralph Lauren in New York. In 2014, Charles launched his eponymous label with a Resort collection, which was immediately bought by Barneys New York. Charles Youssef is a current awardee of the CFDA Incubator program. His collection is stocked at luxury boutiques worldwide.

Ivan Talijancic has been a vital part of this development process and getting the word out about our work. If you need more information about production opportunities, please contact:

Development of

Paper Room has been supported in part by a commissioned residency and workshop performance at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY. Laura Peterson would like to thank Kristin Martin, Amanda Szeglowski and everyone at the HERE Arts Center for supporting this step in the development of Paper Room. Thank you to Kate Peila for initial support of Paper Room at JCAL 2018. And thank you you Ivan Talijancic for all your work and feedback! Thank you to everyone dancer and designer. Thank you to our amazing donors and to all the collaborators for making this piece


Paper Room at CultureMart on March 22 + 23. HERE Arts Center (NYC)

HERE Arts Center

PAPER ROOM is a new dance and visual art installation by Laura Peterson Choreography presented by HERE Arts CULTUREMART Festival 2019.

145 Avenue of the Americas Entrance on Dominick St. one block south of Spring directions
$15 with CULTUREcard March 22 + 23 @8:30pm


Sound Design by OMAR ZUBAIR

Costume Design by CHARLES YOUSSEF


Using origami paper-folding techniques to create a dynamic, moveable installation, Paper Room engulfs the performance space with 1,200 square feet of constantly shifting white paper. The dancers’ bodies fold and unfold in constant flux as the installation changes from small, angular sculptures to loud, giant glaciers.
This is a workshop performance.

$15 CULTUREcard entitles you to see every Culturemart show. click HERE for tickets

Living Catalogue is January 7, 2019 Noon-8PM

About the show


Living Catalogue is visual installation and live performance that asks how much dance can be contained in a gallery setting.


Laura Peterson will present her work at a pop-up gallery space. The works on view include Failure (2017), Paper Room (in development for 2020) and SOLO (2016). Dances run throughout the day. Visual art pieces are also on view.


These recent performances include Laura’s use of large pieces of paper as a medium to express her interest in the intersection of the materiality of the body and the physical world. Laura’s tactile environments are dynamic and, like the dancers, are in constant flux. These three pieces track Laura’s recent works with paper, showing the unfolding of large-scale origami, moving paintings, or demolition of sculptural pieces.


Performed by Darrin Wright, Sara Procopio, Jennifer Sydor, and Laura Peterson



Take the F train to 2nd Avenue.

Exit on the1st Avenue side of the station, and follow the signs for Allen and Houston.

198 Allen Street is across the street.




Performance October 13th MoMA @Judson

The Museum of Modern Art
Performance and artwork by Laura Peterson

October 13, 2018 @1:45PM
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square Park

Laura will perform her dance SOLO as part of MoMA’s exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done (through February 3, 2019). SOLO will be performed as part of the public event at Judson Memorial Church – the site of early post-modernist choreographers, artists, and composers who abandoned traditional methods of making dance and by opening the door to radical experimentation remain highly influential to choreographers today. Judson continues to support artists in many ways including the Stuffed Arts program, which presented SOLO in 2016.

About the event:
“Judson Dance Theater Reassembled” is  a day-long presentation and part of MoMA’s “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done” exhibit and event cycle. This program includes films, performances, and discussion- and a free lunch at 1pm.

Admission to the event is free.
More details about this program including schedule at this MoMA calendar link.


Paper Room: Fold/Unfold: commissioned work-in-progress

Paper Room: Fold/Unfold (in development for 2020)

Laura Peterson

September 21 & 22, 2018 @7:30PM

Jamaica Center for the Arts

153-10 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY

This summer Laura Peterson Choreography received a commission and residency from the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning (JCAL) to begin her evening-length dance and installation called Paper Room. Using origami paper-folding techniques with 1300 square feet of bright, white paper the dancers move in staccato cycles of continuous movement while changing the environment throughout the dance.

Paper Room is based around a larger concept – our shared American experience of never really knowing the full story in any situation. It is about half-truths and manipulation of viewpoint. This dance is at the beginning of its development and this is part one: Paper Room: Fold/Unfold. Performed by Nicole Wolcott, Darrin Wright, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, and Laura Peterson. Join us.

Dancer Nicole Wolcott pictured above

2018 Projects

Summer 2018: Commission from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning for Paper Room

September 21-22
Paper Room: Fold/Unfold
Making Moves Dance Festival
Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Queens, NY
This is a work-in-progress.

October 13

Performance of SOLO
The Museum of Modern Art
Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done
Performance is part of a day long event at
Judson Memorial Church in NYC

October 29
HERE Arts 25th Anniversary
“I Love Dan Flavin”
Performances by 25 HERE Artists

November: We will visit CINARS in Montreal and would love to meet up.

Failure (2017)


breaking the sculpture with Dance Enthusiast quote copyWhat is failure, and how do we deal with it – as individuals, and as communities?

FAILURE is a contemporary dance and visual installation that probes the

national consciousness in 2017 while looking closely at our own private failures.

This is a dance about the overwhelming pressure to win.

Performed by Laura Peterson, Jo-anne Lee, Darrin Wright, and Jennifer Sydor

Production Design: Laura Peterson and Jon Pope

Lighting Designer: Ayumu Poe Saegusa

Costumes: Mary Jo Mecca



2017 Projects


Judson Memorial Church
Jun 29-July 1
New York City

Unititled Collaboration with John Evans, photography and LPChoreography
April 11

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Commissioned student work to be performed this spring at SUNY Brockport and the MFA Program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University