Karen Peterson Corash’s “curiosity in dance making” has helped her company, Karen Peterson Dancers, thrive for close to 30 years. The organization claims the distinction of being “Florida’s only full-time dance organization that features choreography performed by dancers with and without disabilities.” The company’s latest endeavor, “Warmamas,” is a multimedia dance piece exploring the narrative of women whose children have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I could see how these women had really mixed feelings about their children deciding to go to war,” explains Peterson. Using spoken word, video, and dance, the piece aims to illuminate the struggle of several of the women interviewed. After years of experience, Peterson trusts herself more than ever to follow a creative process that will “show [her] what’s right.” The EGP supported the dancers’ travel to New York City, where they performed this evocative piece at Judson Memorial Church—a location that enabled dancers in wheelchairs to find accessible hotel rooms nearby and to bring their art to the city as part of an artist-in-residence program. Recently, the company hosted Forward Motion, a three-day festival and conference of physically integrated dance, complete with performances, workshops, and speakers.
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