A new show by Laura Ann Samuelson opening in the ATLAS Black Box on Friday, Jan. 24, will be the first performance in the space since it was flooded by a ruptured pipe in September 2018. With a set made of plywood and steel that, aptly, resembles a construction site, Samuelson describes the performance as exploring "the gap between the laws of physics and the mechanics of a psyche." In their solo performance, Samuelson navigates through and around the set, creating holes that cave in as fast as they are opened. Disoriented and destabilized by the environment, a kind of existential crisis ensues, and the bid to reconcile to this uncomfortable reality becomes central to Samuelson's innovative work.
About the Artist
Laura Ann Samuelson is a choreographer and visual artist whose 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. A performer in Michelle Ellsworth’s Post Verbal Social Network and an MFA student in the Department of Theatre & Dance at CU Boulder, they were named one of Colorado’s most creative minds in Susan Froyd’s 2014 “100 Colorado Creatives,” published by Denver’s Westword. They have collaborated with groups such as Joanna and the Agitators, square product theatre, Buntport Theater Company and Screw Tooth Theater Company, and their own work has been performed in a wide variety of venues, including swimming pools, warehouses, art galleries and loading docks. Samuelson was an artist-in-residence at the Denver Art Museum, Dance Initiative (Carbondale, Colorado), Colorado Conservatory of Dance and SKOGEN (Gothenburg, Sweden).
About ATLAS Center for Media, Art and Performance
This performance is presented by the ATLAS Institute’s Center for Media, Arts and Performance (CMAP), an incubator for experimental art-making methodologies, communities and outcomes.