From London to Switzerland to New York and around the world, Laura Careless is here once again in Minnesota, and we are honored to have her at Circus Juventas. For the past 7 years, Laura has worked with us to achieve the beautiful choreography you enjoy in our summer shows, and now she is with us to breathe life into the dances of Norðrsaga.
“My annual week at Circus Juventas is a kind of choreography bootcamp. This year, I’ll be choreographing 4 acts involving upward of 15 performers per section – in six days! It’s a lot of work, and a lot of fun.
I was fortunate to share a short road-trip with Laura as she came to us via Wisconsin, and she spoke so fondly of her time at Circus, of her wonder at the kids’ talents, and her appreciation of all the hard work required from the students, coaches and staff to achieve something so unique. Her laughter is always just under the surface and extremely infectious. The time simply flew by and before I knew it we were pulling into the Big Top parking lot and both excited to get to work.
I normally work in a quiet, focused dance studio teaching my students or choreographing on myself or a small group,
so to work with so many people – and so many distractions! – is refreshing.
While her resume is certainly impressive, and critics have called her both ‘dynamic’ and ‘striking’, it is her passion for combining education with dance and innovation that truly make her a whirlwind force.
“This year’s theme is especially enjoyable for me. The Nordic mythology is earthy and compelling, and is inspiring movement that is rhythmic and low to the ground. For one section, I’m drawing inspiration from the Haka, a movement ritual performed by the New Zealand rugby team before matches to intimidate their opponents. And while large groups are more tiring to work with, they allow a choreographer to create floor patterns which are especially interesting when viewed from above as in a big top.”
This summer Laura Careless will be leading the dance faculty at the Juillard Summer Arts program in Geneva, in conjunction with the Nord Anglia network of schools. However, while we have her here in St Paul, we plan to enjoy Laura’s knowledge, joy and training as much as we possibly can.