I am invested in the bits of wisdom built into the foolish, the childlike, the futile, the written off, the queer bits, the bits that pool around the outskirts of narrative.
And so: I make dances, art objects, and physical structures that connect ideas, actions, forms, memories, and movements around a hollow unstable center.
I speak into imaginary microphones while milking invisible cows. I hold board meetings in real life public pools. I lead sessions in practicing saying goodbye and then drive away.
Making dances engages me in an ongoing conversation with the experience of being in a body that accumulates loss as it procures more life. Building physical objects allows me to track cycles of repetition, and observe how form emerges out of the smallest of decisions and happenstances.
My favorite moments in my work often come from circumstances that require me to reveal the ways I have come up short, and a desperation in me to transcend what I cannot. I am learning how to layer processes on top of one another, and how to let failure flip the dances over so that the work becomes tugging at the wires underneath.
Laura Ann Samuelson is a choreographer and visual artist working in contemporary performance. Her work follows the transmission of feeling across objects, sites, and bodies, searching for new strategies to help us bear impermanence, attachments to living, and to one another. Her projects have been presented in Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Germany, Sweden, and France, and she has been an artist-in-residence at the Denver Art Museum, Dance Initiative, Skogen Arts Sweden, and the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Laura Ann currently collaborates with Ondine Geary, and has worked extensively with Colorado-based performance groups such as Joanna and the Agitators, square product theatre, as well as Buntport Theater Company, and Screw Tooth Theater Company. In 2014, Laura Ann was named one of Colorado's most creative minds in Susan Froyd's 100 Colorado Creatives Series in Denver's Westword.
Laura Ann holds a B.A. in Dance & Writing from Hampshire College, is pursuing an MFA in Dance at CU-Boulder, and is a Feldenkrais Practitioner-in-Training under Alan Questel. Currently, she is a performer in Guggenheim-Award winner Michelle Ellsworth’s POST-VERBAL SOCIAL NETWORK.