Click on this page to view rehearsal footage, featured performances and to see the journey and process of Wooden. This dance was created over 2 years and most of the material was developed through site specific improvisations that were reconstructed, honed and composed into this beautiful dance.
The company premieres the Wooden series we have worked for over 2 years as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program. Please visit the featured repertory page of our website to learn in depth about this dance.
The Wooden series is a choreographic works inspired by contemporary outdoor installation work, particularly earthwork, and involves a set design made from environmentally sensitive, biodegradable and addresses the effect of time on objects, the body and performance space. The choreography blends smooth, liquid movement, highly structured improvisation and complex circular composition with the mathematical precision of nature’s geometry. Wooden is rigorous, abstract and highly designed. This evening-length quartet is accompanied by a sound score of field recordings, static and electrified string instruments.
Wooden Part 1: ground is danced in a lush verdant performance environment of living, growing grass and includes a dynamic dance filled with liquid momentum that is at once careful and reckless.
Wooden Part 2: trees exists in a dry and desiccated landscape of large driftwood trees salvaged from the Hudson River. These trees are suspended upside down from the ceiling while the dance is performed among them on a sandy beige and gray floor.
In touring situations the Wooden series has been performed as separate evening-length performances or can be one longer dance.
Part 1: ground
Running time: 35 minutes
Part 2: trees
Running time: 35 minutes
Part 3: corridor
Running time with solo is a 7 minute loop.
Separated touring versions either Part 1 or Part 2 are approximately one hour with LPC set design installation or can be performed in appropriate existing environments. When performed as the series the dance is about 80 minutes with one intermission and includes full installation of the three parts and their original environments.
I believe that a dance must directly relate to the environment in which it is performed and is therefore in dialogue with the surroundings. Performances are tailored for each space and become unique to each location. This is integral to Wooden’s concept of the influence of people on environments and the relationship of time to an artwork.
Please contact: Jon Pope, Production Manager for more touring information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wooden has received support from the Greenwall Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding and The HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). Developmental residencies were awarded by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) Swing Space Residency at 14 Wall Street, space donated from Capstone Equities and an LMCC residency at the Governors Island Art Center.
Laura Peterson will be teaching in New York City in June!
Dance New Amsterdam: Tuesday, May 31st & Thursday June 2
100 Grand (download a schedule) Mondays & Wednesdays, June 6, 8, 13, 15 10AM-noon
this class is very physical and blends full-bodied dynamic movement with elements of improvisation to create a sense of continuity, athleticism and detailed dancing.
for experienced students and professional dancers.