Laurel Lawson is a modern dancer who performs, choreographs, and teaches dance for dancers in wheelchairs. Lawson became a member of the Full Radius Dance company in 2004 and is currently a member of the Kinetic Light dance collective.Lawson is best known for her role in Descent, a dance performance by Kinetic Light. This queer and interracial love story was inspired by the stories of Venus and Andromeda. The duet takes place on a stage-scale ramp, on which Lawson and Alice Sheppard dance, often with one of them lying on their back and the other perched on top of the other, while their wheels spin. The ramp references accessibility ramps but uses this symbol as a point of departure for exploring movement. The large ramp is 6 feet high and covers a 15 x 24 feet area of the stage.Descent premiered at the Britt Music & Arts Festival in Oregon in 2017. It has been performed at New York Live Arts in 2018 and EMPAC in 2019, where the artists were in residence. Lawson and Sheppard have performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art and been commissioned by The Shed to create a new performance for their 2019 season. Lawson and Sheppard have held residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and Gibney Dance. The collective has also been invited to perform at Jacobs Pillows Inside/Out. Lawson is a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow.Lawson attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for undergraduate studies from 1996 to 2001. Lawson is a member of the USA Womens Developmental Sled Hockey team and the product designer and co-founder of an engineering consultancy based in Decatur, Georgia. Lawson lives in Decatur, Georgia.
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