About

My name is Peggy Piacenza—I’m a choreographer and performer based in Seattle, WA. A life-long movement practitioner and dance artist, I use the body to ask questions about the human experience. My artistic work focuses on a wide spectrum of experience and draws from my explorations in improvisation, performance-related studies and inter-disciplinary collaborations. 

I'm here to ask you for your support for my latest work, sweet, rotten, sweet, a video-installation including live performances premiering at Seattle's BONFIRE Gallery, March 7-31, 2019.

Kim Lusk. Photo by Jazzy Photo
Kim Lusk. Photo by Jazzy Photo

Creative Process

sweet, rotten, sweet is a visceral communal ritual examining what it means to see, be seen, and bear witness to the passage of time. For this project I’m venturing into new artistic territory: video-installation! I'm crafting a visual and sonic landscape that utilizes dance and performance to illuminate the human struggle to find meaning within an absurd world. Reimagining past choreographic works that deal with the nature of touch and the inevitability of mortality, sweet, rotten, sweet aims to strip away extraneous layers in order to discover moments of stillness within an overstimulated, disoriented psyche. 

My next step in a creative evolution, sweet, rotten, sweet re-conceives material from my recent work The Event into a new realm of video installation and gallery performance.

Video shoot. Photo by Jazzy Photo
Video shoot. Photo by Jazzy Photo

In addition to the installation, there will be live performances throughout the month. Staged in an intimate setting, with 25 audience members and four performers, sweet, rotten, sweet uses an up-close and personal setting to awaken audiences to the present moment.

This past summer was an exciting one, shooting video and preparing for the scenic design of the gallery space. Having just completed a Base Artist Residency, I'm currently deep in the process of editing the video footage.

Amelia Reeber and Kim Lusk. Photo by Jazzy Photo
Amelia Reeber and Kim Lusk. Photo by Jazzy Photo

Support

I'm aiming to raise a minimum of $3,500 to pay an all-star cast of amazing collaborative artists who are working to bring this show to its fullest potential:

  •  Videography: Doug Arney and Leo Mayberry
  •  Sound-Design: Paurl Walsh
  •  Scenic Design: Jenny Littlefield
  •  Lighting Design: Jessica Trundy
  •  Performers in video and live performance: Ezra Dickinson, Kim Lusk, Wade Madsen, Amelia Reeber

I’m thrilled that sweet, rotten, sweet has already received support from 4Culture, Base, and BONFIRE Gallery.

I hope you will consider supporting all the artists involved, for what will be an exciting artistic venture into Spring of 2019!

Thank you for taking a moment to read about my project, and for your support.

See you in early Spring!

Peggy Piacenza

“Both deeply personal and vividly abstract, Piacenza’s dreamy, emotional landscape shows us that the lonely experience of our humanity is something we all have in common.” —Kaitlin McCarthy, City Arts

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Photo by Jazzy Photo
Photo by Jazzy Photo

Risks and challenges

A project of this scale has many technical elements that need addressing well before we get into the gallery for the install. To insure that we are prepared for any unexpected surprises, my team of collaborators have already begun the process of understanding how all the elements will come together so we are prepared for the install in late February! Exciting!

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