“Resilient” to premiere at The Southern
BJP has a new work, with the students at the Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. Together, BJP and the cast of dancers are examining resiliency that resides in artists –body, mind and spirit.
November 22nd + 23rd at the Southern Theatre.
GREAT Theatre’s “White Christmas” Brings Talented Choreographer Back to Central Minnesota
Saint Cloud, MINN – October 23, 2013 – This November, GREAT Theatre will present the beloved holiday classic, White Christmas. The production, running November 15 through December 1 at the Paramount Theatre, will be directed and choreographed by professional dance artist Britta Joy Peterson.
After completing her Master of Fine Arts degree, Peterson is returning to GREAT Theatre to focus on teaching the cast dance techniques imperative to each of the musical’s dance styles.
“I fell in love with White Christmas because not only does it review Irving Berlin’s hit songs, but also jazz music, dance, and theatrical culture,” said Peterson. “The show requires the cast to be versatile in jazz, ballet, ballroom, tap, and partnering. The characters are constantly switching in and out of these styles, as well as finding crossover between them. White Christmas also demands seasoned performers to move from loveable television personalities, to sultry blues powerhouses, to floating love-struck couples. This range of music, dance, and characters is what makes White Christmas a blast for the audience. ”
Peterson completed her bachelor’s degree in Dance and Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College and her MFA in Dance at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Peterson choreographed 11 works shown at over 14 venues across the Phoenix metropolitan area. In Minnesota, Peterson’s work has been seen at Patrick’s Cabaret, the Edina Performing Arts Center, the Paramount Theatre, the Southern Theatre and the Ordway. She has choreographed 18 musicals, and White Christmas is her seventh show with GREAT Theatre. Peterson has won multiple awards including Outstanding Choreography from the Hennepin Theatre Trust and was selected by ASU’s Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts as the Outstanding Graduate Student of 2013.
The musical, based on the beloved film of the same name, features seventeen Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “Sisters,” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”
Performance dates, times, and ticket information are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office (913 W St. Germain Street, St. Cloud MN 56301), online at greattheatre.org, or by calling 320.259.5463.
INT/ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY w/ BJP
Come dance it out in a richly physical technique class where we’ll explore the fullness of our bodies, play with gravity, ride momentum, push the edges of musicality and open new energetic pathways. Class is designed to offer dancers a range of movement textures that act as a springboard towards new investigations and personal growth.
SUNDAYS | SEP 15 – DEC 15
The Movement Lab | 5155 Bloomington Ave Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417
Class card $120 for 10 classes
ABOUT THE MOVEMENT LAB
The Movement Lab is a blossoming dance space in the beautiful Nakomis neighborhood of Minneapolis. The oasis of a studio is the embodied partner of The Music Lab, and both Labs are dedicated to sharing their time and talents to help others explore and develop their own passion for music and movement.
Check out the Movement Lab at movementlabminneapolis.com
‘SENTIENT’ IN BREAKING GROUND 2014
Bootleggers Ball at the Minnesota History Center
BJP and dancers Marissa Augustin and Sarah Jabar will be teaching 1920′s dances for the opening celebration ‘Bootlegger’s Ball’ at the Minnesota History Center. The ball is marking the opening of the traveling exhibit ‘American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition’.
See the Star Tribune’s photos from the event here.
November 5th, 2013
Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation
BJP will be presenting a durational installation work researching the concepts and objects within Sentient. Working with dancers Jan Trumbauer, Leah Vendl, Kaitlyn Dye, and Krina Turner, the work will take place outside of Velocity Dance Center as part of the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation’s Participant Performance.
Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave., Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 3rd 2013
Tickets are FREE!
Guest Performance with
Center Dance Ensemble
BJP and dancers will be joining Center Dance Ensemble on the Kax Stage at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix.
April 3rd 12:10 pm showing “Revel”
April 4th: 12:10 showing “Breath Two”
April 7th: 2 pm and 5 pm shows, inclduing both “Revel” and “Breath Two”
Information about the lunch time shows found here.
Information about the Sunday shows found here.
Graduate Choreographic Presentations
BJP will be premiering her newest work Sentient at the School of
Dance’s Graduate Choreographic Presentations. This new work is a solo created by BJP for dancer Naomi Goodson, with music by Kazyak. Check out their awesome new album SEE THE FOREST, SEE THE TREES.
April 4 th at 7:30 pm
Tickets are FREE!
Margaret Gisolo Theatre
BJP will be performing in Melissa S. Rex’s work AB-NORMAL.
April 6th at 8 pm at the Arts Market Lot.
The Dance Annual
BJP and dancers are excited to present MOVE redux for the School of Dance’s 2013 Dance Annual. MOVE redux is a compilation of excerpts from BJP’s full-length work MOVE, including Hands and Feet, Breath Two and Revel.
BJP will also be dancing in a new dance installation by Melissa S. Rex titled AB-NORMAL.
April 26th at 6:30 pm
April 27th at 7:30 pm
April 28th at 2 pm
ASU’s Galvin Playhouse
Twitter Verses a collaboration between ASU School of Dance Faculty Eileen Standley, School of Theatre and Film Faculty Lance Gharvi and Jake Pinholster. BJP served as a Creative Collaborator for Standley, Production Manager, and performed within the work.
Emerge2013 February 28-March 2
Check out the events here: http://emerge2013.asu.edu/
BJP Recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Student by ASU’s Graduate College
Summer 2012 Workshops by BJP
GRADUATE PROJECT PRESENTATIONS: APRIL 4TH AND 5TH at the MARGARET GISOLO STUDIO THEATRE, ASU
Come see the first presentation of BJP’s thesis work, with the working title MOVE.
The Graduate Project Presentations are free to the public, check here for more info:
ACDFA: MARCH 23 – 26 2012 AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Britta Joy Peterson and dancers will be presenting 2 works:
Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance will be presented for adjudications
Recurring Reverie by BJP and Reset choreographed by Juan Rodriguez will be performed at
the informal showings.
EXPRESIONES CINCO: MARCH 9 AND 10
PLAYHOUSE ON THE PARK, PHOENIX AZ
Britta Joy Peterson will be premering the dance film Glimpse as a part of Expresiones Cinco presented by Dulce Dance Company. Glimpse is a collaborative effort: directed and choreographed by BJP, edited by Laura Pellegrino, and performed by Inertia Dewitt and Caissdy Liew.
Tickets are $10 + $3.50 box office fee. Call 602-254-2151, or check http://www.dulcedancecompany.com
URBAN SOL: MARCH 9, 2012
NELSON FINE ARTS CENTER AT ASU
URBAN SOL (Formerly Civil Disobedience)
A new jazz work by Britta Joy Peterson titled Visible Roots will be presented as a part of the urban movement festival. Jazz is not only the roots of urban movement, but is a root of Peterson’s artistry. The piece encourages audience members to look at jazz, and movement in general, from new perspective through light and location.
Urban Sol is a free event, and beings at 6 pm. For more info see: http://asuevents.asu.edu/civil-disobedience-park-jam-1
DANCE ANNUAL: MARCH 2, 3 AND 4TH
GALVIN PLAYHOUSE AT ASU
Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance will be a part of this years Dance Annual, presented by ASU’s School of Dance. The show is curated out of all of the dance work presented in 2011, and is a stunning collection of intriguing work. Find more information and purchase tickets at:
KICKSTARTER FUNDING PROJECT A SUCCESS!
In order to raise funds for Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance to attend ACDFA, BJP and dancers set out on a Kickstarter Adventure. You can check out our kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/tAoVS9
We set out to raise $1,500 to help pay for travel and accomodations, and ended up over achieveing and raising $1,575!
The cast, along with myself, are so grateful for the support from out generous backers. We are now able to attend the festival, share our dancing, and participate in this prestigious event.
A shout out to:
Katy Callie, Sunny Kuo, Kay Gross, Whitney Waugh, Daniel, Mary Ford, Darcy Rubel, Sue, Chris Garland, Danie LeFrancis, Kathy Byers, Brian Arogast, Joy and Matthew Peterson, Kate McCormick, Simon Dove, Andy Groom, Carol Cole, Jeanne Tweten, Ann Summers, Lela M Groom, Laurence Hoffman among others who contributed to our project.
BREAKING GROUND: January 2012
Britta Joy Peterson and dancers presented two works in the student showcase:
Recurring Reverie and Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance.
Video will be up soon in the media section for you to see Recurring Reverie in a new site specific location.