Laura Peterson

Kennedy Cole

Laura Peterson is a NYC-based dance artist creating works that challenge the limits of physicality and reframe performance spaces. Influenced by the visual art of the 1970’s, she simultaneously creates visually arresting installations and rigorous choreography. Her performances have included large scale paintings, 1000 sq ft of living lawn, 16 ft tall paper sculptures, and other giant structures. Recently, she performed her piece, SOLO, as part of the Museum of Modern Art exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done. Peterson’s works have been performed throughout New York City and nationally at venues including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, and internationally in Europe and Argentina.

Peterson has been awarded residencies and commissions for over ten years, including the HERE Arts Center Artist Residency Program (HARP). She was the recipient of a Bogliasco Fellowship and residency in Italy, and residencies at Marble House Project Residency, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Subcircle Residency, Dance New Amsterdam and others. Her work has been commissioned by Dixon Place (NYC), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for the River-To-River Festival, Queens Museum of Art, Dance New Amsterdam and she received the Reflection:Response Commission at Temple University. She created two works for Nick Cave’s Sound Suits with Balance Dance Company and the Boise Art Museum, as well as repertory for the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Hartford Ballet.

Peterson has taught dance and choreographed student works for Princeton University, Marymount Manhattan College, Rutgers University, SUNY Brockport, LIU Brooklyn, CUNY Lehman College, Bowdoin College, and others. She has led workshops in the US and internationally, and is a current faculty member at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.

She holds an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia.