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


The Process of Failure: Work in Progress videos and writing.

Making Failure involved a different kind of process than I have embarked on before. We were given a commission by Temple University in Philadelphia called  Reflection/Response which involved a long and open residency in the Temple University dance department studios and in October 2012 Failure was produced in the Conwell Dance Theater in Philadelphia.

I decided to rehearse in New York in April and May and take my company to Philadelphia for 4-6 days per month in June, July and August and then we would meet in September to run our dance and put on some finishing touches. This was a different schedule because while in Philadelphia we rehearsed all day long; our dancing days were from 10AM-6PM. Generally, I rehearse for many more months with shorter rehearsals, and in the case of Wooden we worked for 2 years. This process was so fast. I decided to embrace it and make fast decisions. I decided to trust my instincts and not analyze my choices for very long. Just follow the development without judging every decision.

We improvised for many hours, for many days, for weeks, really. We performed epic improvised solos about the feelings of failure in the body for each other. We reconstructed improvisations from video. We tried to create a dance we could not do. To access the psychological state of failure and allow our dance to reflect this experience was also very different for me. I generally remain so abstract as to remove emotional content from my dances. As a company we decided to consider the premiere an experiment, rather than a finished work. While we were dancing the immediacy of the physical choices and the in-performance timing decisions created a kind of relationship with the audience that was palpable and electric. I could sense them closely.

click here to see a developing solo from Failure

I set out to make a set design that could collapse during the performance. This proved difficult. I had a lot of ideas about the weight of the structure, the size and the material. The set evolved from an initial idea of a 2-story structure that the dancers could inhabit, but that would collapse at a certain point in the dance. As I began to develop movement and work on the engineering problems I realized that the original idea of an inhabitable set design was not feasible and wasn’t really going to achieve the concept that I was going for. I wanted to express the idea of failure in the body. I wanted to explore the journey toward physical failure and I knew that the set must also collapse but I realized that for this dance if the set design was two stories high, we would have to sacrifice the expansive movement I was interested in. So, I let the idea evolve. I had conversations with Jon Pope ,who is our production manager, about how to achieve a collapsing set and he reminded me that the weight of the materials would be critical toward installing the set for rehearsal and performance. I realized that it was important to make something very tall and if it was going to be created and broken many times, it would have to be made out of light-weight and affordable materials that were easy to acquire and transport. Paper. It became paper and wood frames and staples and screws.

Click here to see a video of the set design and choreography work in progress.