to get under, you have to lose

Created and performed by Laura Ann Samuelson

Using plywood, steel, dance and sonic conduction, a performer digs holes in the gap between the laws of physics and the mechanics of a psyche. The holes keep collapsing and turbulence shows up as a series of squares. How a body tolerates emptiness becomes a question; To Get Under, You Have to Lose destabilizes the floor in order to imagine new futures. 

Laura Ann Samuelson is a choreographer and visual artist working in contemporary performance. Their 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 regular performer in Michelle Ellsworth’s Post Verbal Social Network and an MFA student in CU Boulder’s Department of Theatre and Dance,  Samuelson was named one of Colorado’s most creative minds in Susan Froyd’s 2014 ,“100 Colorado Creatives,” published in Denver’s Westword. Their work has appeared in numerous unconventional 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.

This event is presented by the ATLAS Institute’s Center for Media, Art and Performance, an incubator for experimental art-making methodologies, communities and outcomes.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Roser ATLAS Center, Black Box Experimental Studio, Basement Level 2
1125 18th Street, Boulder, CO 80309

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