Work

Created by Laurie Van Wieren, October 2010.

Work is a piece of history, imagination, reflection, departure, continuity, division…and work.

Super 8 footage, 1971:
1. My first fire works performance. Janesville, Wisconsin.
2. My job while in art school. Runner, Board of trade, Chicago, Illinois.
3. Time lapse footage of an etching in process, a copper plate left out for cars to drive over.

Laurie Van Wieren is an independent choreographer, based in Minneapolis, who has been creating dance and performance since 1980. She grew up on the west side of Chicago and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Institute, she studied printmaking and performance, as well as art history with Stan Brakhage. Van Wieren moved to Minneapolis in 1975.

Active in the Twin Cities dance and arts community for more than twenty years, Van Wieren has collaborated with many dance, video, theater, and music artists. As a solo performer and with her company, the B-Specifics, she has performed at the Walker Art Center, the Southern Theater, Dancespace Projects, Dance Theater Workshop, the First Avenue, Ritz Theater, Red Eye Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Patrick’s Cabaret, and on a frozen Lake of the Isles. Laurie’s work has also been seen in Yaroslavl, Russia and Potsdam, Germany. Van Wieren founded and produces an ongoing monthly choreographers showcase and discussion, 9×22 Dance/Lab.

She is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Archibald Bush Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2008 she received a McKnight Choreography Fellowship, administered by the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. She is currently a 2010-11 Artist INREZ at Studio 206 in Minneapolis.

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