A Los Angeles native and granddaughter of a Cuban immigrant, choreographer, artistic director, producer, director and LA dance advocate, Laurie Sefton sees issues through an emotional lens. Her work focuses on conveying complex ideas and themes that impact our daily lives, emotionally and intellectually. Each of her works is created with a different and alternate process and perspective, and it is often said of her work that no two look alike.
Laurie Sefton’s Clairobscur Dance Company serves as the embodiment and vehicle for transmitting her issue based, rhythmic, quirky, dance based art. Ms. Sefton’s work is both issue based and emotional. Addressing such varied topics as loss, surveillance, bullying, anger, dependency and where does dance belong? Her work struggles, confronts and inspires. Laurie’s choreography has been called “innovative, compelling and accessible” where “the details are the substance” of her work. Her choreography has been performed in New York, Massachussetts, Missouri, Utah, Texas and Germany as well as throughout California including various venues and Festivals such as the DUMBO Dance Festival, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Dance Festival, The OC So-Cal Dance Invitational, The Cowell Theater, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, The Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, Diavolo Performance Space, ARC (A Room to Create) Pasadena, the Electric Lodge in Venice, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Highways Performance Space, The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, Sushi Performance Space, UC Irvine and UCLA.
Laurie Sefton earned a BA in Dance from UCLA, where she received several scholarships. In 2009 she was the subject of a “Meet the Artist “ Profile on Dance Channel TV and her 2014, 2015, and 2016 concerts were LA Weekly's “pick of the week.” She is a recipient of a 2010 Hothouse Residency at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and was a Help Desk/LA Artist from 2010 - 2013. She received both the People’s Choice Award and the Festival Champion award at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival. In 2015 Laurie became an Artistic Mentor for the prestigious Breaking Glass Project.
In addition to running Clairobscur, Laurie is also a producer and director. She has choreographed and directed a music video for the indie band Hotel Cinema and is the Producer (in conjunction with Los Angeles Ballet) of the LA Ballet Showcase, a Los Angeles Dance Showcase for presenters and agents at the 2013 Western Arts Alliance conference.
Photo by Laura Williamson