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


2016 Performances/Residency/Installation

2016 Calendar


December 7 @8PM
Judson Memorial Church, NYC

November 4 @7:30PM
Dollop. Curated by Subcircle
MAAS Space
Phialdelphia, PA

October 11 @7PM
Work-in-Progress Performance
Marble House Project
Dorset, VT

April 13 @7:00PM
Wish Theater
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine

April 19 @8:00PM
Pfleeger Concert Hall
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

get up.
February 6 @7:30PM
FAB! (Franco-American-Bates)
Lewiston, Maine

Artistic Residency
Sept 26-October 14
Marble House Project
Dorset, VT

Visual Installation: Paintings
May 23
HERE Arts Center
Gala 2016
City Winery and HERE Arts Center,

Summer Fundraiser 2015

Hello Friends and Art Lovers,

Laura Peterson Choreography needs your support today!  We are premiering a new work called Atomic Orbital next month. We need to raise $5000 and we are already on way.

Here’s what happened… (all good things) Our summer calendar got really busy, really quickly and we have a funding gap!  We are reaching out to our community and donors with this fundraiser. Join us and make the rest of our summer a success by making a tax-deductible contribution right now.

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August 27-30 @ HERE Art Center in NYC
What an opportunity. HERE is one the best arts organizations in the city and I am honored to be part of their calendar and to premiere Atomic Orbital, learn about this dance below. Our productions are supported by our presenters, but we need your contributions to support the artists involved. We are on the way, but still need to raise an additional $5,000 to get through August 30th.


Video of The Futurist: part 2 at the Garner Arts Festival

This was a great performance space for The Futurist: part 2.

The bright light and raw space amplified the shifts from dancing with total abandon, to strict formalism, to tense duets with tangled microphone cord. “The Futurist: part 2” thrives in a gallery environment.

Performed by Laura Peterson, Jennifer Sydor, Kate Martel and Meghan Frederick

Curated by Jonathan Shorr


“Il Futuro” a new solo premieres at the SOAK Festival on June 12 and 13 at 8PM

Il Futuro

What will happen one second from now?
Il Futuro explores the illusion of the present moment and the quickly planned future, iteration, brightness, and dancing in total darkness.
In early winter 2014, Peterson made this dance and film to force herself to examine her relationship to the immediate choices she makes and her imagined body 20 years from now. 

laura dances at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy in December 2014

Continuous Dancing with Laura Peterson on June 2 @ 6:30PM

Join me for a special workshop at the SOAK Festival on Tuesday , June 2. 3 hours of Improvising, making movement, big dancing and a little on choreographic strategy.

Join me for a special workshop at the SOAK Festival on Tuesday , June 2.
3 hours of Improvising, making movement, big dancing and a little on choreographic strategy.

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.

Participants begin with focusing exercises designed to support the experience of looking closely at the space around them as they 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 participants 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 Peterson’s choreographic process and the resulting dancing.