Program Information for Paper Room workshop performance at HERE Culturemart Festival 2019

March 22 + 23 2019



Paper Room

Created by Laura Peterson Choreography

Collaborating Artists:

Performed by Jennifer Sydor, Darrin Wright, Marion Spencer, and Laura Peterson

Installation by Jon Pope and Laura Peterson

Sound design by Omar Zubair

Costumes by Charles Youssef

JON POPE (Installation Collaborator and Technical DirectoJon and Laura have been making performance installations for 14 years. They work as partners in realizing the visual design of every work. Jon has also worked with Public Works Collaborative since 2014 creating multiple public art works in NYC, and collaborated on a permanent sound installation in Lexington, Kentucky. 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. During the ultimately successful fight to ban hydraulic fracturing in NYS Jon was a volunteer with Food and Water Watch, and he continues to advocate for climate justice. Jon is a licensed contractor in New York City.

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 training in tap led to studying jazz with Ian Gary, choreography and performance in high school with Janet Roston, post-modern dance with Rudy Perez. In 1997, Darrin joined The Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as part of their farewell tour. He received his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002. Since graduation, Darrin has worked 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. In 2009, he received a Bessie Award for his work with A Canary Torsi’ Dark Horse/Black Forest.

JENNIFER SYDOR (Dancer) described as “dazzling” by The Boston Globe and “remarkable for her intense focus and vivid dramatic skill” by The New York Times, has worked with choreographers Laura Peterson, Vanessa Walters, John Carrafa, John Heginbotham, Jill Sigman, Stefanie Nelson, Nia Love, Sharon Moore, Kim Brandstrup, Janessa Clark, and others. She performed in Doug Elkins’ Bessie Award winning Fraulein Maria, and was a featured performer in David Parker and The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked for five seasons. She has toured internationally as a dancer with the avant-garde performance troupe and electro-pop band Fischerspooner, in collaboration with The Wooster Group. Jennifer is in her twelfth season as a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera where she has worked with Tony Award winning directors Mary Zimmerman, Michael Grandage and Bartlett Sher. She holds an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

MARION SPENCER (Dancer) is a performer, maker, and educator. She currently dances for Kendra Portier, Kinesis Project and Laura Peterson Choreography. Since moving to New York she has worked with Michelle Boulé, Athena Kokoronis, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty, Shandoah Goldman, Vanessa Justice, Hollis Bartlett, Michiyaya, and apprenticed with David Dorfman Dance. Marion’s choreographic work is an energetic and tonal collaging, sourcing imagination, desire, and our very real world. Marion’s works have been presented by Danspace Project (Draftworks) Gibney (Work Up), BKSD (SoundStep), Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, CPR (Fall Movement), Amherst College, the Dance Now Festival, and the Domestic Performance Agency. She graduated with honors from Vassar in 2009, where she studied Geography-Anthropology.

OMAR ZUBAIR (Sound Designer) – utilizing the skills developed and continually honed through art practice, scientific experimentation, and trans-ethnographic participation – has been focusing on expanding the scope of reality by creating a process of bringing back artifacts from the dream place, catalyzing the growth of new sensory organs via confocal synaesthetics, and building placetimes and languages from which multi-species groups can come together into temporary superorganisms. Omar has created sound for the Wooster Group, Lady Gaga, Paul Simon, French perfume commercials, movie trailers, spiritual gathering and has been traveling the country for a number of years developing a new national anthem.

CHARLES YOUSSEF (Costume Designer) received his undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design in New York and his MA in Womenswear from Central Saint Martins in London. Charles presented his graduate collection during London Fashion Week in February 2010.  Soon after launching, the line caught the eye of Lady Gaga, who purchased his collection for her 2010 concert tour. Charles held senior design positions at Calvin Klein in New York, Gareth Pugh in London, Cerruti in Paris, and Ralph Lauren in New York. In 2014, Charles launched his eponymous label with a Resort collection, which was immediately bought by Barneys New York. Charles Youssef is a current awardee of the CFDA Incubator program. His collection is stocked at luxury boutiques worldwide.

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Development of

Paper Room has been supported in part by a commissioned residency and workshop performance at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY. Laura Peterson would like to thank Kristin Martin, Amanda Szeglowski and everyone at the HERE Arts Center for supporting this step in the development of Paper Room. Thank you to Kate Peila for initial support of Paper Room at JCAL 2018. And thank you you Ivan Talijancic for all your work and feedback! Thank you to everyone dancer and designer. Thank you to our amazing donors and to all the collaborators for making this piece