Performer. Curator. Writer.
Louisa received her formal dance training in her home state of New Hampshire and is a graduate of the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center, New York, NY. During her time in the program, she was selected to perform works by Igal Perry, Loni Landon, Ronald. K. Brown, Charlotta Ofverholm, Oniin Dance Company, and Caterina Rago. After completing the program, Louisa was part of the inaugural group at the Barton Movement's Axis Connect, where she performed an original work by Cindy Salgado. She has also performed professionally in New York with such choreographers as Yvonne Rainer for the Museum of Modern Art's Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done exhibition, Diego Funes, Pat Catterson, Sommer Ulrickson and Alexander Polzin, Cleo Mack and Rock Dance Collective, Pramila Vasudevan, Michelle Thompson-Ulerich, Ashley McQueen and Smashworks Dance Collective, Emily Bufferd, Jacqueline Dugal, Monica Hogan, Yuki Hasagawa, and Joyce King. Louisa's film work includes videos directed by The Kuperman Brothers and Gierre Godley; she is soon to appear in rapper Lando Chill's music video, "Light Her." Louisa's choreographic endeavors include Strange Girl Dances: A Visual Duet with Melissa Stern, at Garvey|Simon Gallery, New York, NY and an adaptation of W.B. Yeats' play Purgatory. Currently, she is performing with Smashworks Dance Collective and De Funes Dance, where she is also rehearsal director. During the great COVID pause, Louisa is co-choreographing and premiering two new works with Diego Funes: Absence a dance film, and First in Half, Then in Quarters, produced by Mixily Presents. In addition to performing, Louisa holds her B.A. in English Literature and Art History from New York University, is a coach at Row House, Columbus Circle, and a trainer at Box + Flow. She is interested in finding the intersections between different mediums and modes of communication in all of her work.
Performance Reel 2019
Featuring work by Pat Catterson, Pramila Vasudevan, Diego Funes, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, Melissa Stern, Jacqui Dugal, and Monica Hogan. Edited lovingly by Jacqueline Donahue.
First in Half, Then in Quarters
A choreoplay by Louisa Pancoast and Diego Funes
May 30, 2020 with Mixily Presents
Choreographed for the Zoom platform, First in Half, then in Quarters explores one woman’s unwelcome plunge into domesticity as she attempts to grasp a sense of purpose after being furloughed from her job. A blend of absurdist dark comedy and mourning, this choreoplay uses movement to show how precarious the integrity of contemporary notions of gender roles are, and how rapidly the sense of “playing house” can devolve into a loss of identity.
A dance film with Diego Funes
In Absence, mind and body are in conflict. A character contemplates the absence of a loved one in analytical detachment, while the body yearns for the physical sensation of being touched, held, cherished. We figure out who we are and how view ourselves based on how we interact with other people.
Absence asks who we are when everyday interaction is removed. Created in New York City in response to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Absence finds its central figure working to offset a present reality where nothing changes until finally being able to hit reset. But even then, can we actually restart, or do we merely adapt to a new reality? And is a new beginning what we really need?
Be excellent to each other
Large gatherings are on hiatus and a physical wedge has been shoved between us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t share. Be kind to each other. Stay patient. Stay graceful. See you on the other side.
Grant and publicity writing for dancers and choreographers
In addition to performing, Louisa has worked for both non-profit and commercial arts organizations as a writer. Her dual roles as artist and writer have given her a unique insight into translating the physical into the verbal. She offers grant and marketing writing on a freelance basis.