The Futurist: part 2 performances at Rutgers University Sept 5 & 6

Laura Peterson Choreography performs The Futurist: part 2 at Rutgers University

September 5 &6 at 7:30PM.
Loree Dance Theater
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The Futurist: Part 2 is influenced by the multiple manifestos of the early 20th century Futurist Movement. The complex and highly physical choreography reflects the Futurists’ interest in dynamism, speed and the connection of the body to machine while simultaneously expressing the uniquely human experience of imagined possible futures. 

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Kate Martel in The Futurist: part 2 at University Settlement in New York City in June, 2014.

Forever at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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November 15th at 6:30PM Watch the archived video here!

Laura Peterson Choreography transforms re-imagines performance spaces to create visually stunning performance environments. At the Kennedy Center the company built in a luminous, white stage and created perfect symmetry for the audience in the Atriun space.

Here’s a peek into the transformation  of the Atrium into a magical luminous kaleidoscope.

Before it began.





Together with the Kennedy Center staff our production manager Jon Pope and lighting designer Amanda K. Ringger worked like crazy to create this colorful world.




 Our dress rehearsal

About the Company




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


Jon Pope (C0-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 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.

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 into 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 its 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.  .


Kate Martel (rehearsal director. company 2007-2017) 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.

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” (



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.  

LP teaches modern dance technique in May and now June












Join Laura for classes in the month of May in New York City.

These very physical technique classes are developed from the point of view that specificity, strength and momentum are paramount to the dance artists’ training. Moments of improvisation are seamlessly blended with precisely designed warm-up compositions. This class culminates in a full-bodied dance phrase.

At Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn:
Int/Adv Contemporary Modern on Thursday, May 22 from 6:30-8:00pm

At Gibney Dance Center 280 Broadway:
Contemporary Forms on Saturday, May 24 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM


Forever. Performance on Saturday October 19th

Join us on October 19th at University Settlement for our company benefit!

Laura Peterson Choreography Benefit Concert

Saturday, October 19th     7:30PM

University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington Street)
New York City

Performed by Kate Martel, Michael Ingle, Jennifer Sydor & Laura Peterson
Music by Lumberob
Costumes by Mary Jo Mecca

Imagine a kaleidoscope’s saturated and seamless, dazzling light, perfectly symmetrical and precise in its geometry; endlessly changing. This dance is a highly physical, evening length quartet performed to an awkwardly beautiful, looping vocal score by Lumberob.

Links for tickets and more information:

$20 Email us for a reservation:
Pay cash at the door
$50+ these are tax deductible contributions

Here’s a little more about our concert at The Kennedy Center…. 

Forever will be performed in the Atrium space, a giant hall that will be transformed into a performance environment where the audience will be seated around a large and luminous, white, circular stage. In order to bring the most beautiful production possible to this exciting venue we need your participation. Celebrate with us in New York!

This concert directly supports our production expenses at the Kennedy Center.

Calendar 2013

February 5 & 6: The Futurist

Laura Peterson Choreography performs a beautifully produced work-in-progress of The Futurist.
This collaboration with composer Joe Deibes was presented by HERE Arts Center at the Culturemart Festival on February 5 & 6, 2014 at 8:30PM. Check out the video!


We are thrilled to announce our performance at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC! Join us there on November 15, 2013
Check out the video of our performance here!

July 28-August 10: Balance Dance Company
Laura Peterson will travel to Boise, Idaho to perform, teach and choreograph.
Balance Dance Company Professional Training Intensive

Classes in September
Laura Peterson will be teaching contemporary technique at the Mark Morris Dance Center on Friday mornings from 10-12PM in September and the first Friday in October (except 9/20). Come take class and experience the approach to virtuosic dancing and thinking.

October 19: Performance of Forever to celebrate the company in NYC
Save the date for Laura Peterson Choreography’s benefit concert at University Settlement in New York City. Support the company on their way to the Kennedy Center by joining them for a performance of Forever. and a party immediately following.

October 25-30: Old Dominion University
Laura Peterson will travel to Norfolk Virginia to rehearse and teach modern dance students.

November 15: The company performs Forever. at The Kennedy Center
Laura Peterson Choreography performs at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
NEW: watch the archived video of our Kennedy Center debut here. 

Here’s an excerpt from Forever.