Artistic Director Laura Peterson
My dances are deeply influenced by the visual art of the 1970’s, particularly Earth Art and time-based conceptual art as well as the minimalists 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.
- Laura Peterson, 2014
Kate Martel grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, she 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, blackbox 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). 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 also participating in the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course at Balance Arts Center. This year she joined dance artists Sarah Weber Gallo and Whitney Jacobs in forming a collaborative trio, Pigeon Congress, which taught and performed at ACDF in Spring 2014. In May, her new work Absolute Construction premiered at Center for Performance Research.
Jennifer 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 to 12 different countries as a dancer with the avant-garde performance troupe and electro pop band Fischerspooner, in collaboration with the experimental theater company, The Wooster Group. She has performed in Doug Elkins’ Bessie Award winning Fraulein Maria, as well 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, featured as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. Most recently she danced the role of the bird in Peter and The Wolf, directed by Isaac Mizrahi with choreography by John Heginbotham at The Guggenheim Museum. Jennifer is also in her sixth season 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, Don Giovanni, Armida and La Sonnambula.
Jon Pope(Production Manager) is a builder. He has made sets for choreographer Asimina Chremos (Chicago) and Laura Peterson Choreography (NYC). He is Head of Construction for the Music Garage in Brooklyn and Chicago. 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. Jon is actively involved in the community garden movement in Brooklyn, NY. He is the coordinator of the Prospect Heights Community Farm, a DSNY Certified Master Composter and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Michael Ingle (Performer) is a New York based dance artist and choreographer. He 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., Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co., Christopher Williams Dances and Miriam Wolf, among others. Michael also creates work with his own group Michael and the Go-Getters.
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:
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.