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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.
Laura will teach technique class designed to focus the body on dancing with rigorous awareness, athleticism and alignment. This class is dynamic and intended for experienced dancers.
Fridays in September and the first week of October at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York
Please join us…
Focus Dance Showcase: Working Women
Monday, January 14th
at New York City Center, Studio 4
We will present an excerpt of Failure, our newest piece.
Please contact our Managing Director, Brittany Beyer at email@example.com for more information.
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.
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 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.