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Laura Peterson

Lecturer in Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts

Laura Peterson is a NYC-based dance artist and Artistic Director of Laura Peterson Choreography. Her company creates highly physical and dynamic dances with a deep sense of design. As both a choreographer and installation artist Laura Peterson creates visually stunning performance environments for each piece.

The company has had residencies and commissions at the Queens Museum of Art, Dance New Amsterdam, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Sitelines 2010 and Swing Space (2009-2010) and received two Mondo Cane! commissions at Dixon Place (2007/2009). From 2009-2011, she was a member of the HERE Artist-in-Residence Program (HARP) where her dance Wooden was created and premiered. Her works have been presented in New York City at venues including Symphony Space, Dance New Amsterdam, HERE, Dance Theater Workshop (Family Matters, DancenowNYC), PS 122, Danspace Project (Draftworks), Joe’s Pub, Joyce SoHo and many others. The company’s newest work called Failure has been commissioned by Temple University and will premiere in October 2012.

Laura’s choreography has been produced internationally in Europe, Argentina and throughout the US. Her work has been performed at festivals including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Philadelphia’s NEW Festival, Goose Route Dance Festival and The International Contemporary Dance Festival in Bytom, Poland. Laura has been commissioned by Hartford Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, DROP Dance in Boise and has made dances for NYU’s Tisch Dance Department, Hunter College, Lehman College and Dance New Amsterdam. In summer 2012, Laura created two dances for visual artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits performed by Balance Dance Company in Boise, ID in conjunction with the Boise Art Museum. Her work has been supported by the Greenwall Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Puffin Foundation.

Laura holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She currently teaches technique and improvisation at Rutgers University and is creating a dance for Princeton students in fall 2012. 

Photo Credit: Steven Schreiber

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