About

Laura Burns is an artist-performance maker and writer based in London. As a response to ecological crisis, her research considers the nonhuman and human ancestors as primary collaborators to develop a hybrid pedagogical and performance practice based on modes of deep listening. Her research with the nonhuman stems from studying and learning the oral poetry of land-based communities, interrogating the relationship between language and matter through practices of divination, sound-tracking, critical theory/thinking and dreaming. Working through dance and choreography, the act of stewardship is a position from which to explore what is possible at the boundary of performance making with the nonhuman. Figures which emerge through the imaginal space between bodies, are invoked as presences engaged in processes of critical thinking; currently the hag or grandmother as a consciousness that diverts notions of productivity and fertility, and whose vibration through river and stone, is guiding thought through a swallowing, dissolving circlusion of the world. Training in Systemic Constellations and Kundalini Yoga underpin her artistic practice.

Laura has performed for Isabel Lewis, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Martin Spangberg, Josiah McElheny, at Tate Modern, ICA, and Hayward Gallery. She has made solo and collaborative work for The Yard Theatre, SPILL Festival of Performance, Live Art Development Agency; presented workshops/talks with Chalton Gallery, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Ponderosa Dance, Siobhan Davies Studio, Birkbeck University, Royal Holloway University, Canterbury Christ Church University. She has been writer in residency with Fierce Festival, In Between Time Festival of Performance, SPILL Festival of Performance, Mayfest, and 4 Days at Arnolfini Gallery. She has been artist in residency with Cove Park Scotland, Earthdance USA, Performing Arts Forum France, Female Trouble Berlin and Betonest Berlin. Laura is a PhD candidate in Fine Art at the University of Goldsmiths, London, completing a practice-based research project.

Her practice is nourished, challenged, invigorated by a community of makers and thinkers she is in direct conversation with or inspired from afar by. Some of these include Shelley Etkin, Jo Blake, Siobhan Ni Dhiunnin, Bhanu Kapil, Jade Montserrat, Katye Coe, Liz Aggiss, Karen Christopher, Janine Harrington, Simone Kenyon, Jo Hellier, Paul Hughes, Johanna Linsley, Roni Katz, Liz Rosenfeld, Xenia Taniko, Rana Hamadeh, Oreet Ashery. Links to their websites coming soon.

You can email me at laura-burns@live.co.uk