Laura Ward, Choreographer
by Chase Collum
Oct 01, 2014 | 10882 views | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you asked Laura Ward's friends about her, they might tell you she's a dancer or they might tell you she is a conceptual artist who uses dance as a tool.

That's because while she has been a dancer her whole life, her approach to choreography is one that involves drawing heavily from an alternative, sometimes irreverent view of the world around her.

Ward says that as a movement analyst, she looks at dance not just as an art form but as a method of communicating complex ideas.

“People get intimidated by dance because they want to understand it. If you go to see modern art, or any kind of art, your response is whatever you feel,” she says. “My inspirations are very broad. It's not just the dance world.”

Since 1999, Ward has been working with students from the Long Island City School of Ballet, and at the end of the month students from that class, along with her Octavia Cup Dance Theater troupe, will be performing their latest piece “Maps” at the Maximalist Dance Theater in Manhattan.

Ward hopes that her latest piece will challenge audiences to think about where they've come from and where they are heading as a member of modern society. She is well known in the dance world for her nontraditional style, with its sometimes purposefully choppy movements not typical of classical ballet, which she uses to add an element of accessibility to her work.

“I think that ballet can be something that you can watch, but if you don't have any connection to that movement then you're not going to be interested,” Ward says. “The way that we move and connect everything together, it's not to be seen as a story but more of a collage and social commentary from a mock-serious perspective.

“We have original music in the show and we also have - it's not just all skinny ballerina bodies - it's very diverse,” she added.
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