LAURA ANN SAMUELSON

www.lauraannsamuelson.com

lauraann.samuelson@gmail.com 

 

SELECTED ORIGINAL WORK  

 

This Time With Smaller Parts. presented as part of Redline's CHECKING IN Initiative, The Evans School. May 2021. Denver, USA

 

to get under, you have to lose. MFA thesis performance. Solo work. B2 Center for Media Arts and Performance, Atlas Institute, CU Boulder. January 2020. Boulder, USA

 

Same Signal, Somewhat Separate Mouth. Presented as part of Tickle Here: Emergent Technologies and Media Art Practice Group Show. CMCI Studio. December 2019. Boulder, USA

 

A Queer Tradition. Performance at the Denver Art Museum. Created in collaboration with installation artist Kenzie Sitterud. Commissioned by the Denver Art Museum. May 31st, 2019. Denver, USA

 

Outside’s Insides on the Outside. Performed with Ondine Geary at Charlotte York Irey Theater. April 2019. Boulder, USA

 

Untitled Duet (Ejection Fraction). Created and Performed with Ondine Geary at Counterpath Press for the Un/seen Festival, and at 303 Project Space. September 2018. Denver, USA. 

 

Thinning out. Solo work. Charlotte York Irey Theater. April 27, 2018. Boulder, USA

 

TINY DANCES. Created and Performed with Nathan Hall. Commissioned by and performed at the Denver Art Museum. January 26, 2018. Denver, USA

 

practicing. Solo work. Co-produced with square product theatre. Boulder Creative Collective. February 23-25, 2018. Boulder, USA & Buntport Theater. March 2-4. Denver, USA

 

This Aunt is Not a Cockroach. Created and Performed with Emily K Harrison. Produced by square product theatre. The Wesley Chapel & Buntport Theater. April 27- May 7. Boulder & Denver, USA. 

 

I’m Going. Middle. End. Created with Meg Madorin. Commissioned by Spectrum Dance Festival & Dance Alliance. Launchpad for the Arts, June 3-4 & Sept. 16, 2016. Carbondale, USA. 

 

Goodnight, Courtney Love. Created and Performed with Joanna Rotkin. Hosted by Boulder Valley Parks & Recreation. February 22 - 28, 2016. Boulder, USA

 

Do Not Fear Ideas Do Not Fear Do Not Do Ideas. Solo work commissioned by and Performed at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA). December 17-18, 2015. Boulder, USA

 

Retriplicate. Created with Buntport Theater Company. Produced by Buntport Theater and Clyfford Still Museum. September 24 - 25, 2015. Denver, USA 

 

Kitsch. Solo work presented at Boulder Fringe Festival & Paloma Arts Center. September 18-27. Boulder, USA & March 14-15, 2014. Los Angeles, USA. 

 

Everything is in. Solo work. Presented at Tatwerk Berlin. June 15th, 2014. Berlin, GERMANY

 

Taming The Apology. Created and Performed with Li Molan Kronlid. Skogen Arts. June 12, 2014. Gothenburg, SWEDEN 

 

SOME KIND OF FUN. Created in collaboration with Adam Stone & Erin Rollman. Produced by Screw Tooth Theater Company. Buntport Theater. August 30th-September 14th, 2013. Denver, CO.

 

Il Pleut. Created in collaboration with Adam Stone. Produced by Buntport Theater Company. Buntport Theater. May 13th, 2013. Denver, CO.

 

Tiny Gods. Created and Performed in Collaboration with Joanna Rotkin. Wesley Chapel. March 15th-17th, 2013. Boulder, CO.

 

Let Them Eat Cake. Created and Performed with Joanna Rotkin with Margaret Harris & Johannah Franke. Presented as part of 2012 Boulder International Fringe Festival. Trident Café. August 19th – 27th, 2012. Boulder, CO

 

Falling Out. Presented as Part of NeXus Dance Concert. York Charlotte Irey Theater. February 17th-19th, 2012. Boulder, CO.  

 

DEMOLITION woman.  Last Mondays - Hybridge Arts Collective. February 27th, 2012. Philadelphia, PA. 


 

TEACHING

 

University Teaching:

 

Academic Semester Long Courses: 

 

Instructor, Dance in Popular Culture, University of Colorado-Boulder: Entry-level humanities lecture course. Spring 2020

 

Instructor, Dance in Popular Culture, University of Colorado-Boulder: Entry-level humanities lecture course. Fall 2019 

 

Teaching Assistant, Contemporary Concert Dance: Shifting Perspectives, University of Colorado-Boulder: Upper-division humanities course. Spring 2019

 

Instructor, Beginning Contemporary Dance, University of Colorado- Boulder: Entry-level beginning contemporary dance course. Fall 2018

 

Instructor, SPECIAL TOPICS: Physical Research and Creative Process. Naropa University. Boulder, CO: Upper division composition class. Spring 2015. 

 

Summer Program Teaching: 

 

Co-Instructor, Choreography & Construction Collaborations. Washington University in St. Louis: MADE in FRANCE summer program, Tapis Vert, Normandy, FRANCE: Two Week Collaborative Performance Making Course. June 2014

 

Instructor, Yoga & Somatic Practices. Washington University in St. Louis: MADE in FRANCE summer program, Champs Mélisey, Burgundy, FRANCE: Two Week daily morning somatic class. June 2012. 

 

Conference Workshop:

Between Language and Body: Incubating a New Work. Co-Taught with Bhanu Kapil. &NOW Blast Radius: Writing and Other Forms. California Institute for the Arts (Cal Arts). Valencia, California. March 26th, 2015.

 

University Guest Artist Teaching:

Guest Teaching for Experiential Movement, Somatics, Injury Prevention- Laura Malpass. University of Colorado-Boulder. Metro State University. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Workshop for Dance Majors & Minors. . Denver, CO. April 28th, 2020. 

Guest Teaching for Installation, Shrines, Ritual Art - Sue Hammond West. Naropa University. Performance Making Workshop. Boulder, CO. March 11th, 2020. 

Guest Teaching for Somatic Applications to Teaching Dance - Nada Diachenko. University of Colorado-Boulder. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Workshop. Boulder, CO. February, 28th, 2020. 

Guest Teaching for Movement for Theatre Majors - Tamara Meneghini. University of Colorado-Boulder. Movement Improvisation Workshops. Boulder, CO. October 30th, 2019.

Guest Teaching for Injury Prevention for Dancers - Chrissy Nelson. University of Colorado-Boulder. Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement Workshop. Boulder, CO. September 15th, 2017. 

Guest Teaching for Stage Movement 1 – Dr. Andrea Moon. University of Northern Colorado – Greeley. 2 Contemporary Improvisation Workshops. Greeley, CO. September 14th & 16th, 2016.

Guest Teaching for Multi-Genre Workshop: Notes on Architecture – Bhanu Kapil. Naropa University. Workshop in Somatic Research for Writing. Boulder, CO. March 7th, 2016.

Guest Teaching for Wisdom of the Body – Joanna Rotkin. Naropa University. 2 Workshops in Contemporary Dance. Boulder, CO. October 30th & November 1st, 2013.

Guest Teaching for Dance Lab: Contemporary Dance – Joanna Rotkin. Naropa University. 2 Workshops in Contemporary Dance. Boulder, CO. April 24th & 26th, 2012.

 

Public Teaching: 

 

testing the mechanics - 1-on-1 workshops for Harnessing Personal Creativity. One-on-one courses in interdisciplinary art practices. Zoom. Longmont, CO. August 2020 - Ongoing. 

 

EVERYTHING IS IN – Making Dances and Amplifying Personal Creativity. One-on-one courses in performance-making – Course has been repeated 8 times with different students. Floorspace Studio. Boulder, CO. September – December, 2016

 

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. 3-month course.

Floorspace Studio. Boulder, CO. January – April, 2016

 

Relationship to Action – Projekt Move. Weekly Professional Class in Improvisation and Contemporary Dance Technique. 12 Week Course. Between the Bones Studio Collective. Denver, CO

 

Contemporary Dance for Professionals– CCD Professional Training Program. Ongoing weekly class in Contemporary Dance Technique. Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Broomfield, CO. January 7th – May 30th, 2014.

 

Codifying Uproar: Inquiries into New Performance. Co-taught with Joanna Rotkin. Weekly course in performance making & composition. 6 week course. Boulder Circus Center. Boulder, CO. January 12th- February 16th, 2014.

 

Encountering Contemporary Dance. Beginning/Intermediate weekly course in Contemporary dance. 6 week course. Boulder Circus Center. Boulder, CO. January 20th-February 24th, 2014.

 

Inside, Outside and Impossible Tasks: Contemporary Dance Experiments. Advanced weekly training in improvisation. Boulder Circus Center. Boulder, CO. January 19th-Feburary 23rd, 2014.

 

Creative Movement & Yoga for Kids. Yoga class for AVID4 Adventure youth campers. AVID4 Adventure. Boulder & Golden, CO. June 10th – August 10th, 2013.

 

Colliding with Sensation: Investigating Modern/Contemporary Dance. Weekly Intermediate/Advanced training in Modern/Contemporary Dance. 8 week course. Language of Fish Collective Arts- Cherryvale Studio. Boulder, CO. July 2nd – August 31st, 2012.

Public Workshops/ Public Guest Teaching:

Mass Movement workshop. Untitled Fridays – STOP MOTION. Evening workshop in site-specific improvisation. Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO. September 30th, 2016.

Site-Specific Performance Making Workshop. Afternoon workshop in site-specific performance- making as part of Dance Initiative’s Spectrum Dance Festival. Carbondale, CO. September 18th, 2016.

Composing Awareness/Composing Context/Composing Scores. Co-Taught with Meg Madorin. Public Improvisation Workshop as part of Dance Initiative’s Artist in Residence program. Launchpad for the Arts. Carbondale, CO. April 20th, 2016.

Improvisation Workshop. Hosted by Dance Initiative. Launchpad for the Arts. Carbondale, CO. January 16th, 2016.

Inside, Outside & Impossible Task: Improvisation Workshop. Hosted by Daughter Cells Dance. Between the Bones Studio Collective. Denver, CO. March 27th, 2014.

Moving to Shape Time: Dance & Feldenkrais. Co-Taught with Ethan Cowan. Boulder Circus Center. Boulder, CO. March 9th, 2014. 

 

AWARDS, HONORS & RESIDENCIES

 

  • REDLINE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, 2 year residency, 2020-2022

  • CROSSTOWN ARTS MEMPHIS RESIDENCY, 3 month creative residency, September-December 2020

  • ROSER ARTS FELLOWSHIP, CU-Boulder, 2018-2020

  • CHARLOTTE YORK IREY SCHOLARSHIP, CU-Boulder, 2019

  • CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES & ARTS FELLOWSHIP, CU-Boulder, 2017-2018

  • DENVER ART MUSEUM CREATIVE IN RESIDENCE, 3 Month Creation/Performance Residency, 2017

  • DANCE INITIATIVE/ LAUNCHPAD FOR THE ARTS SPRING RESIDENCY, 2016

  • SKOGEN ARTS RESIDENCY, 2 week residency, SWEDEN, 2014

  • COLORADO CONSERVATORY OF DANCE RESIDENCY, 5 month creation/performance residency, 2014

  • BCAA/UNRESTRICTED FELLOWSHIP AWARD IN DANCE, 2014

  • BHANU KAPIL’S MOST FERAL PERFORMANCE AWARD for Kitsch, 2014

  • BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL ENCORE! AWARD, 2014, 2013 & 2012

  • FEATURED AS PART OF SUSAN FROYD’S 100 COLORADO CREATIVES SERIES. 2014 

 

SELECTED WORKS AS A PERFORMER

 

Dances That Don’t Look Like Dances. Created by Michelle Ellsworth. CU-Boulder. 2019. Boulder, USA 

 

Radius of Transmission. Created by Ondine Geary. Control Group Productions. 2019. Boulder, USA 

 

POST VERBAL SOCIAL NETWORK. Created by Michelle Ellsworth. On The Boards. 2019. Seattle, USA 

 

Manpant Publishing. Created by Michelle Ellsworth. Performance for Internet. 2018. Boulder, USA

 

Sweet & Lucky. Created by Third Rail Productions. Directed by Zach Morris. 42 performance run. Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 2016. Denver, USA 

 

Wholeness (dances made to be viewed in the Dark). Created by Control Group Productions. Directed by Patrick Mueller. Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 2016. Denver, USA 

 

Ham McBeth. Adapted from Shakespeare's Macbeth (sort of) by Emily K. Harrison & Michelle Moore. Directed by Rand Harmon with Amy C. Buckler. Dairy Center for the Performing Arts. Produced by square product theatre. Boulder, CO. March 5th-21st, 2015.

 

T H E P A I N O F B E C O M I N G. Created by Hugh Lobel, Chrissy Nelson & Kyle Monks. Black Box at the Atlas. Boulder, CO. April 4-5, 2014.

Small Death Practice. Created by Joanna Rotkin in collaboration with performers. Hosted by Boulder International Fringe Festival. Five Fifths Macbeth. Dairy Center for the Performing Arts. Boulder, CO. June 15th & 16th, 2013.

Beehive. Created by Joanna Rotkin in collaboration with performers. Embodied Poetics. Naropa University. Boulder, CO. April 22nd, 2012. 

 

SELECT CURATION

 

Untitled Final Fridays at the DAM: Micro. Curated in collaboration with composer Nathan Hall. January 26, 2018. Denver, USA

 

Failure Festival. 3 day performing arts festival. MadeLife. November 5-7, 2014. Boulder, USA 


 

DIRECTING

 

The Great Green. Created and Performed by Joanna Rotkin. A Hoarded Stuff/Joanna and The Agitators Co-Production. 2013 Boulder International Fringe Festival (Boulder), Rogue Festival

(Fresno, CA) & Performática International Forum for Contemporary Dance (Cholula, Mexico).

 

Mine. Created and Performed by Joanna Rotkin. Performed as part on Tiny Gods – A Hoarded Stuff/Joanna and The Agitators Co-Production. The Wesley Chapel. Boulder, CO. March 15th & 16th, 2013


 

ASSISTANT DIRECTING:

 

Doll House Music Box. Directed by David Dorfman and Liz Claire. Original Museum installation featuring MADE in FRANCE Summer Program Students. Commissioned by the Association of Regional Museums in Burgundy, France. Musée des Arts Naïfs et Populaires de Noyers. Noyers-sur-Serein, FRANCE. June 13th-15th, 2012

 

DRAMATURGY:

 

We Care. Created and Performed by Meg Madorin. Created as part of Dance Initiative Residency Program. Launchpad for the Arts: Studio Showing. Carbondale, CO. June 3-4, 2016

 

Beam Me Up, Scotty. Created and Performed by Emily K Harrison and Joanna Rotkin as part of Failure Festival. Madelife. Boulder, CO. November 7th-9th, 2014

 

 

MOVEMENT DIRECTION FOR THEATER: 

 

House of Gold by Gregory Moss. Direction by Gleason Bauer. Produced by square product theatre company. Atlas Institute's Center for Media Arts & Performance Black Box. Boulder, CO. August 2016.

Peter & The Wolf. Local Theater Company & Colorado Music Festival. Chautauqua Auditorium. Boulder, CO. June 26-27, 2015.

Ham McBeth. Adapted from Shakespeare's Macbeth (sort of) by Emily K. Harrison & Michelle Moore. Directed by Rand Harmon with Amy C. Buckler. square product theatre company. Dairy Center for the Performing Arts. Boulder, CO. March 5th-25th, 2015.

SLAB. Adapted by Gleason Bauer & Emily K Harrison from the novel by Selah Saterstrom. Directed by Gleason Bauer. square product theatre company. Black Box Theater at the Atlas. Boulder, CO. July 31st – August 16th, 2014. 


 

TRAINING / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT in Performance

 

University of Colorado - Boulder.  2017 - 2020 

  • MFA in Dance with Somatic Emphasis: Michelle Ellsworth, Rennie Harris, Erika Randall, Gesel Mason, Nada Diachenko, Larry Southall, Chrissy Nelson, Donna Mejia

  • Visual Art Emphasis: Carissa Samaniego, Jason Sanford, Richard Saxton, Evan Blackstock, Luis Valdovino 

  • Graduate Certification in Emergent Technologies and Media Arts: Eric Coombs Esmail, Betsey Biggs, Stephanie Spray, Laura Devendorf 

Feldenkrais in Santa Fe – 800 Hour Practitioner Training Program. Alan Questel, Arlyn Zones, Deborah Bowes, Prisca Witlow, Julie Casson, Katrin Smithback and Aliza Stewart. Santa Fe, NM. May 2015-Present.

Sharing Weight & The Underscore. Contact/Composition/Improvisation. Nancy Stark Smith & Mike Vargas. 4 day workshop. Boulder, USA. December 2014.

Letting Go. Contemporary Dance/ Performance Training. Peter Savel. Weeklong Intensive with MADE in France. Tapis Vert, Normandy, FRANCE. July 2014

SMASH Berlin: Experimental Physical Performance Training. Lea Martini, Diego Agullo, Alessio Castellacci, Matthieu Burner, Dani Brown, Peter Pleyer, Jessy Tuddenham, Liz Erber, Marcela Ghiesche, Marcela Ghiesche, Daniela Lehman, Krisana Locke & Felix Marchand. 2- Month Experimental Physical Performance Intensive. Berlin, GERMANY. November & December 2013

Integrating Wildness: Everything Comes Alive. Contact/ Performance Improvisation. JULES BECKMAN. Moab Contact Jam. 5 Day Workshop. Moab, USA. May 2013

 

[UN]W.R.A.P. Performance Making Workshop. Trajel Harrell. CU-Boulder Dance Department. 5 Day Workshop. Boulder, USA. March 2013

 

FALLS Bridge Festival. Improvisation Training. Ishmael Houston Jones & Yvonne Meier. Weeklong Workshop. Philadelphia, USA. February 2012

 

Nosara Yoga Institute. 200 Hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training with Don & Amba Stapleton. Nosara, Costa Rica. November 2011.

Bates Dance Festival. Contemporary Dance, Improvisation & Composition. Kathleen Hermesdorf,  Sara Pearson, Patrik Widrig, Victoria Marks, Nora Chipaumire, Paul Matteson, Jen Nugent and Nicholas Leichter. Lewiston, USA. July/August 2008 & 2011

Movement Arts & Design in Europe [MADE in France]. Collaborative Performance Making, Voice, Object Theatre Training. Dominque Montain, Henri Ogier, Eurudike De Beul, Ci Valise Turak, David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Liz Claire. One Month Intensive. Paris & Bourgogne, FRANCE. 2009-2011

Hampshire College [Five College Dance Dept.]. Dance Technique, Improvisation, Composition, History & Performance Studies. Fritha Pengelly, Cathy Nicoli, Katie Martin, David Dorfman, Wendy Woodson, & Constance Valis Hill. Amherst, USA. 2007-2011 

 

EDUCATION

 

MFA in Dance - with Secondary Emphases in Visual Art & Somatics, 2020, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - BOULDER, USA - 2020

 

Graduate Certificate in Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices, 2020, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - BOULDER, USA

 

Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (In Progress). Feldenkrais in Santa Fe – Feldenkrais Guild of North America Certified Training Program. Santa Fe, NM 2015-Present

 

Authorized Student Teacher of Awareness Through Movement® Feldenkrais in Santa Fe – Feldenkrais Guild of North America Certified Professional Training. Santa Fe, NM 2015-2016.

 

200 Hour Teacher Training in Interdisciplinary Yoga. Nosara Yoga Institute. Yoga Alliance Registered Training Program. Nosara, COSTA RICA. 2011

 

BA in Dance & Writing, 2011, HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE, AMHERST, USA