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Louisa Pancoast

Performer. Maker. Consultant.

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Louisa received her formal training in her home state of New Hampshire. She is a graduate of the Certificate Program at Peridance, New York, NY, and was part of the inaugural group at the Barton Movement's Axis Connect. Louisa has had the privilege of performing for such choreographers as Yvonne Rainer, Diego Funes, Pat Catterson, Sommer Ulrickson, Cleo Mack, Pramila Vasudevan, Ashley McQueen, Michelle Thompson-Ulerich, Emily Bufferd, Jacqueline Dugal, Monica Hogan, and Yeujia Low, among others. She has also appeared in videos directed by The Kuperman Brothers and Gierre Godley. Louisa served as performer and movement director for rapper Lando Chill's music video, "Light Her" and Diego Funes' short film, ABSENCE

Louisa has found a niche in the interdisciplinary art world, collaborating with visual artists to choreograph and perform in their installations. Her work has been commissioned by Etty Yaniv for the group exhibition, Out of Joint at The Boiler, Williamsburg, and by Main Window for Evan Paul English's Inexterior (Viewfound) in DUMBO. She is also frequently found with her partner in crime, Melissa Stern. They have collaborated on the multidisciplinary installations Strange Girl Dances, at Garvey|Simon, and HouseBroken at -the gallery LTD-. Louisa's other choreographic endeavors include an adaptation of W.B. Yeats' play Purgatory produced by Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, and First in Half, Then in Quarters, produced by Mixily Presents.

Currently, Louisa works alongside Dr. Nialah Wilson-Small researching movement and robotics. Their paper "Human-Drone Partnering for Dynamic Dance Performances with Increased Physicality" has been presented at the 2023 Human Robotics Interactions conference in Stockholm, Sweden, and published by the Association of Computing Machinery. Their research has been supported by Cornell Tech. 

In addition to performing, Louisa holds her B.A. in English Literature and Art History from New York University. She is interested in finding the intersections between different mediums and modes of communication in all of her work.

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