Laura Arrington Dance is a San Francisco based experimental performance group. The work queers notions of the performing body; pushing physical, emotional, and psychic states of being. Often honing in on how the body relates to gender and sexuality, the work tends to be subversively political and accidently hilarious. My interest resides in the space between representation and experience; riding the line between authenticity and the artificial.
Laura, prefers being called Larry. She grew up in Louisiana, moved around, and settled in the San Francisco Bay in 2008. She was an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Kunst STOFF Arts, ODC’s sandbox series, CounterPULSE, creating the work Hot Wings under the mentorship of Joe Goode. She regularly collaborates with Jesse Hewit, recently creating The Dog Show at San Francisco’s Z Space Theater. She has created works for The University of San Francisco’s Dance and Social Justice Department, for the Cutting Ball Theater, and re-staged work for New York’s American Realness Festival. She regularly collaborates with Keith Hennessy, and has collaborated with Big Art Group, Mica Sigourney/Vivvyanne Forevermore, Erika Chong Shuch, AXIS Dance/David Dorfman, Jess Curtis, and Christopher Williams. She has a BFA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she studied Dance, Art, and Gender Studies.
In addition to performance Laura Arrington also creates community based art experiments. Most notably, Arrington’s highly successful SQUART! SQUART(SPontaneous Queer ART) gathers artists to work in highly compressed time periods. It has had over 120 participant performers and been judged by an incredible roster of artists including Dale Albright, Yannis Adoniou, Rob Bailis, Big Art Group (Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson) Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Monique Jenkinson, Lex Leiheit, Sara Shelton Mann, Juanita MORE, Nirmala Nataraj, Jessica Robinson Love, Erika Chong Shuch, Meg Stuart, David Szlasa, and Annie Sprinkle.