Laura Kriefman

Category: Collaborators


Laura Kriefman is an award winning Choreographer and Creative Technologist. She is a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme, and the Royal Society of the Arts and a board member for the international renowned Museum of Broken Relationships (having produced the premiere UK transfer to national critical acclaim).

Laura’s company, the Guerilla Dance Project (GDP) are an innovative dance company resident at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol who specialise in Augmented dance: the fusion between movement and technology. Laura works closely with a range of universities, architects, technologists, futurists and policy makers to create work that encourages positive behavioural change and is actively involved in the Playable City Movement. Alongside research and interactive installations the company creates large scale shows that tour internationally.

The GDP’s work has been seen at the National Theatre, South Bank Centre, Barbican, Arnolfini, Imperial War Museum North, Theatre Royal Bath, V and A and as part of the Cultural Olympiad. They have also been commissioned in Brazil, Ireland, Croatia, Indonesia, Germany and the Netherlands. Since 2012 Laura has been a guest speaker at SxSW Interactive, World Science Fair (New York), IRCAM Paris, Birkbeck University and the South Bank Centre. She is a reviewer for SIGGraph and MOCO2015.

Recent work has been featured in Wired, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and published by MIT press, in Molecular Aesthetics. Laura’s work has been cited by the Arts Council UK (Alan Davey and Pete Bazalgette) as the best contemporary example of Sci Art Collaboration. Recent awards include: Outstanding Contribution to Innovation – Media Innovation Award 2013; Best Exhibition/Event- Media Innovation Award 2013; Royal Television Society Award for Best Digital Innovation 2012; and an Honorary Mention, Prix Des Arts, Ars Electronica.

“seamless connection between the live performance and the external city” Graham Watts, “Kriefman is most inventive in her dances for confined spaces, scrums and crowds.” Zoe Anderson, The Independent.

She has choreographed the world premiere of The Good Soldier (Theatre Royal Bath, 4 stars Mail on Sunday & the Guardian) “Kriefman economically evokes the minuet of hypocrisy and repression, into which the two couples are locked.” Sam Marlowe, The Times. Other choreographic credits include Oh What a Lovely War (Royal Academy of Music), The Voice of Tomorrow (Bloomsbury Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (4 stars The Times, Time Out Critics Choice).

Directing credits include The End of What? Starring Lindsey Duncan, the national tour of Slavery by Jonathan Payne: (UK premiere, Tara Arts) site- specific shows for the National Trust, and Ghetto by Joshua Sobol.

Previous roles include the Creative Producer at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Her work there included the critically acclaimed transferred of Krapp, 39 from New York, concept and delivery of the Midnight Matinees, and producing and curating the highly successful UK transfer of the Museum of Broken Relationships (Time Out Critic’s Choice, 4 stars The Evening Standard, No1 Thing to do in London, (3 weeks running) The Telegraph. Full page spreads in Grazia, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Times).