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Deborah is a genuine artist whose pieces are grounded in exploration of human relationships and behavior. The piece forces you to dig deeper within yourself to an honest, open place, where nothing can be contrived.
— Emily Sorelle Adams, Dancer at New Chamber Ballet

REfract (2013-2015)

In crowd favorite Refract, Deborah Lohse, sporting a frock constructed of chandelier crystals, reflexively struts and vogues as a model-muse much to the frustration of the designer, Project Runway All Stars’ Andraé Gonzalo. He trails after her, fruitlessly attempting to finish his shimmering creation.
— Erin Bomboy, The Dance Enthusiast

Presented within the formal structure and theatrical allure of a couture fashion show “Refract” is a durational performance/installation for multiple performers  (dancer(s), fashion designer and sound designer). The performances turn the identifiable, the desired, the surface of beauty into a living organism that is fallible and human, altering audiences’ perceptions of continuity and permanence through the manipulation of time, movement and materials. Andraé Gonzalo of Bravo’s Project Runway works in real time towards the design and execution of a one of a kind gown crafted entirely from chandelier crystals directly on the dancer Deborah Lohse, as she performs an accumulating meditative movement phrase. Brandon Wolcott's sound score delineates the evening into long sections of "work" punctuated by brief "shows" at different stages of development of the garment and the movement. A meditation and homage to the creative practice.

Refract 1 - The Yard, Martha's Vineyard

2013 / Duet / 1 hour
Choreographer/Performer: Deborah Lohse
Designer/Performer: Andraé Gonzalo
Music: Brandon Wolcott
Lighting: Scott Nelson
Rehearsal Assistant: Emily Sears
Photos: Sally Cohn

* Created with the support of The Bessie Schönberg Choreography Mentorship Residency

Refract II - Open For Dancing, Newport

2013 / Group / 3 hours
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Island Moving Company and Community
Designer/Performer: Andraé Gonzalo
Music: Brandon Wolcott
Photos: Thomas Palmer

* 2013 Island Moving Company Commission

Refract III - Ecstatic Music Festival, New York City

2015 / Group / 1 hour
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Deborah Lohse with Shakedown Dance Collective
Designer/Performer: Andraé Gonzalo
Composers: Wet Ink – Sam Pluta, Alex Mincek and Eric Wubbels
Musicians: Mantra Percussion
Lighting: Robert W Henderson Jr.
Photos: Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, Bret Lehne and Ryan Muir

* 2015 Mantra Percussion Commission

ROOFTOP/GROUNDFLOOR - Day 3: Introducing Deborah Lohse


RoofTop Dance Introduces 13 performance-based artists in 13 days - The Introducing Series at The Window at 125 at The Roger Smith Hotel

As makers and performers, artists occupy more space than just the stage with their presence. They constantly inhabit public, administrative, economic, cultural, internal, and political spaces; in this way the borders that contain what it means to “make art” are often unable to resist the blur of the artist working within them.

These 11 artists, who represent a broad range of young makers and experienced performers, exhibited their presence in The Window at 125 for a full 12-hour day; how they accomplished this, what bodies and non-bodies they utilized to do so, and the aesthetics of that presence was entirely up to them.

Deborah Lohse invited several friends into The Window at 125 for hour long art play-dates including Cori Marquis - Dancer/Choreographer, Alexander Dones - Dancer/Choreographer, Krista Jansen - Dancer/Choreographer, Andraé Gonzalo - Designer, Robert Aitchison - Painter, Kambui Olujimi - Visual Artist, , DJ Chaotic, Hossannah Asuncion - Poet, Tammi Shamblin - Purveyor of Joy, Shakedown Dance Collective

Created by Danika Druttman
Producer: Rooftop Dance rooftopdance.com/
Video by John Birdsong and Travon Surgeon
Major thanks to Rooftop Dance and Amanda K. Ringger

I Can Still See You

And leading her piece with another striking flower image — no spoilers here — Deborah Lohse won the overall prize for her dark little solo in black wig, I Can Still See You, a piece few others could pull off and put on.
— Quinn Batson, OffOffOff.com

2012 / Solo / 3 min.
Premiere: DANCE NOW Joe's Pub : New York, NY
Choreographer/Performer: Deborah Lohse
Music: Sharon Van Etten
Photos: Yi-Chun Wu

* 2012 DANCE NOW Festival Challenge Commission Award

Ineffable

Ineffable gathers female sexuality, desire, and agency to embrace as well as challenge conventional ballet’s ideologies.
— Gretchen Alterowitz, "Embodying a Queer Worldview: The Contemporary Ballets of Katy Pyle and Deborah Lohse" in Dance Chronicle

2011 / Duet / 35 min.
Premiere: 92nd St Y : New York, NY
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Tammi Shamblin and Candice Thompson
Music: Joshua Penman, Akara Project, Karsh Kale and Balam Acab
Costumes: Candice Thompson
Make-up Artist: Katie Wedlund
Scenic Elements and Video: Deborah Lohse
Photos: Steven Schreiber

Duplicate

Duplicate: Deborah Lohse. And her dad. A simple, brilliant and charming take on something more than one dancer has probably wanted to do — bring dad onstage and give him a role, poking fun at and with him, at the grand seriousness of The Stage. Probably the best contemporary vaudeville act around.
— Quinn Batson, OffOffOff.com

2011 / Duet / 4 min.
Premiere: DanceNOW Joe’s Pub : New York, NY
Choreographers/Performers: Deborah Lohse and Henry Lohse III
Music: Liberace
Costumes: Deborah Lohse and Henry Lohse III
Lighting: Lauren Parrish
Photos: Koykat

A 5 min time limit, the tiny stage of Joe's Pub and a week of intensive rehearsal led to a duet conceived, choreographed and performed in collaboration with my father.

Loved

On one arm “you are” was written with a red marker, and on the other arm, a word that had been used in the past to describe each girl: Unique. Treasured. Loved.
— Eve Quenel, MoonshineInk.com

2010 / Solo / 7 min.
Premiere: West End Theater: New York, NY
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performer: Deborah Lohse
Music: Sigur Ros
Costume: Amanda Waal
Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger
Photos: Steven Schreiber

A Thank You note. A celebration of the relationship between performer and audience.

Solo Performances:
2010 Acadia Summer Arts Program : Mt. Desert Island, ME

Group Performances:
2011 Tahoe Youth Ballet at Sugar Pine : Lake Tahoe, CA
2010 Tahoe Youth Ballet at the Cal Neva Resort : Lake Tahoe, CA

work

Another standout solo came from Deborah Lohse, who opened the evening with “Work,” a test-your-contemporary-dance-knowledge compendium of movement … with her gangly limbs, larger-than-life mobile features and shaved head, Ms. Lohse is a compellingly eccentric stage presence.
— Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

2010 / Solo / 8 min.
Premiere: West End Theater : New York, NY
Choreographers: Jennifer Archibald, Monica Bill Barnes, Brian Brooks, Archie Burnett, David Dorfman, Doug Elkins, Faye Driscoll, Nicholas Leichter, David Parker, Laura Peterson, Jill Sigman, Aynsley Vandenbroucke and Nicole Wolcott
Performer: Deborah Lohse
Music: Ciara
Costume: Amanda Waal
Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger
Photo: Steven Schreiber

A four min solo comprised of 15 second sections of choreography from New York’s most prominent downtown choreographers.

Performances:
2012 DANCE NOW SteelStacks : Bethlehem, PA
2011 Back to Mine at WOW Cafe : New York, NY
2010 DANCE NOW Festival at Dance Theater Workshop : New York, NY
2010 DANCE NOW Benefit at SILO : Bethlehem, PA

Her

Deborah Lohse’s admirable ad hoc Ballet goes against the grain in HER, a full-length premiere at the Joyce SoHo that addresses female intimacy, desire, aggression, and the continuously redefined relationship between two women. The dancers sensitively convey the complexities of their conflicting characters while showing highly technical movement that is beautifully warped from its balletic foundation. One woman is as aggressively cruel as the other is painfully vulnerable, and most startling is how true these characters are. Everything about HER is honest, real, and powerful.
— Evan Namerow, Dancing Perfectly Free

2009 / 3 dancers / 60 min.
Premiere: Joyce SoHo : New York, NY
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Deborah Lohse, Tammi Shamblin and Candice Thompson
Music: Stefan Weisman and Ladytron
Costumes: Candice Thompson
Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger
Video: Deborah Lohse and Eva Barnett
Photos: Steven Schreiber

Rejected displays of affection, interactions based on strict conditions and beautifully frosted cupcakes are wedged in between highly technical dancing capturing the cruelty between women attempting to define and redefine their relationship on-stage.

Performances:
2009 Gene Pool at Dance New Amsterdam : New York, NY
2009 DANCE NOW at Dance Theater Workshop : New York, NY
2009 Excerpt performed by New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios : New York, NY
2008 Excerpt performed by New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios : New York, NY

Monogrammed

Deborah Lohse’s single, large-scale piece “Monogrammed” takes a devolutionary view of wedding planning and expectations, opening with a deft comic monologue by Lohse as possession-possessed bride-to-be and ending with an unhinged Lohse wallowing in the detritus of her wedding. “Monogrammed” seems to sink so low that the whole concept of a wedding becomes a bleak conceit, possibly even a destructive force.
— Quinn Batson, OffOffOff.com

2008 / 14 dancers/ 40 min.
Premiere: Dance New Amsterdam : New York, NY
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Anna Bass, Amy Brandt, Elizabeth Brown, Jeanie Clay, Heidi Green, Han Nah Kim, Deborah Lohse, Megan McKenna, Donna Salgado, Vanessa Salgado, Tammi Shamblin, Candice Thompson, Ursula Verduzco and Amanda Waal
Music: David Lang, Stefan Weisman and Tchaikovsky
Monologue: Kobun Kaluza
Costumes: Amanda Waal
Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger
Photos: Florence Baratay

Consumed with the task of registering for her new life, a bride is blindsided by the tragedy of losing her fiancé before the wedding even takes place. A mass of women collect on stage pouring ashes from everyday objects engaging in duets with their loss. “Monogrammed” addresses materialism, marriage and the unexpected and reoccurring nature of life altering events.

Performances:
2008 Excerpt at Fridays at Noon at the 92nd St Y : New York, NY
2008 Artist-in-Residence Preview at Dance New Amsterdam ; New York, NY
2008 Excerpt at Brooklyn Dance Sampler at BRIC : Brooklyn, NY

The Lucy Poems

Evokes a disturbing world of mental illness with its powerful atmosphere and images of madness.
— Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

2007 / 4 dancers / 60 min.
Premiere: Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center : New York, NY
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Amy Brandt, Elizabeth Brown, Deborah Lohse and Candice Thompson
Music: Nathan Hubbard, Michael Gordon, David Lang, John Oswald and Julia Wolfe
Costumes: Amanda Waal
Lighting: Brant Thomas Murray
Photos: Steven Schreiber

Like the series of lyric poems by Wordsworth to which the title refers, such dissociative fits of passion are alternately watched and lived.

Performances:
2007 Excerpt at DANCE NOW at Dance Theater Workshop : New York, NY
2006 Excerpt performed by New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios : New York, NY
2006 Excerpt at New Choreographers on Pointe : New York, NY

Elias

Best reasons to be there... Elias, Lohse’s articulate, searing solo inspired by her work with a mentally ill nursing home resident.
— Eva Yaa Asantewaa, The Village Voice
Long limbed, elastic, and fascinating, Lohse conveys the vagaries of a troubled mind by altering the speed and scale of the curious shapes she pulls her body into.
— Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

2005 / Solo / 7 min.
Premiere: newsteps at Mulberry Street Theater : New York, NY
Choreographer/Performer: Deborah Lohse
Music: Michael Gordon
Costume: Amanda Waal
Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger
Photos: Steven Schreiber

In remembrance of a special man who spent much of his life hidden way because of mental illness.

Created with the support of the Puffin Foundation and Bossak-Heilbron Foundation.

Performances:
2015 Women In Motion : New York, NY
2010 West End Theater : New York, NY
2008 Acadia Summer Arts Program : Mt. Desert Island, ME
2006 DANCE NOW at Dance Theater Workshop : New York, NY
2006 La MaMa Moves : New York, NY
2006 SWEAT at DeBaun Auditorium : Hoboken, NJ
2005 New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios : New York, NY

Just Holding On

2005 / Duet / 14 min.
Premiere: New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios : New York, NY
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Elizabeth Brown and Candice Thompson
Music: Philip Glass
Costumes: Amanda Waal
Photos: Steven Schreiber

A duet of influence, dependence and frustration revealing the struggle and challenges of trying to protect someone that cannot be saved.

2010 Tahoe Youth Ballet : Lake Tahoe, CA
2009 Tahoe Youth Ballet : Lake Tahoe, CA
2006 New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios : New York, NY
2006 University of California, San Diego Student Dance Company

No Excuses

Deborah Lohse’s No Excuses - tragicomedy at its pinnacle, danced by a swan in toe shoes in front of family ugly duckling photos from Hell.
— Quinn Batson, OffOffOff.com

2004 / solo / 5 min
Premiere: DANCE NOW Joyce SoHo, NY
Choreographer/Performer: Deborah Lohse
Music: Bang on a Can
Costume: Amanda Waal
Lighting: Julie Ana Dobo
Photos: Steven Schreiber

Junior High was no picnic but how much did you really change from the person you were back in 7th grade with the bad perms and awkward glasses to the one who now claims sophistication.

Performances:
2006 Macabre Cabaret at BRIC : Brooklyn, NY
2005 Brooklyn Dance Sampler at BRIC: Brooklyn, NY
2005 DANCE NOW at Joe’s Pub : New York
2005 Underexposed at Dixon Place : New York, NY
2004 New Choreographers on Pointe : New York, NY
2004 New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios : New York, NY

Enveloped

Deborah Lohse and Cornelius Brown were the enjoyably mismatched partners in Enveloped, a duet for a child of the earth and a piquant ballerina who seemed to have lost her way but found her man, at least for the moment.
— Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

2004 / Duet / 6 min.
Premiere: Ballet Builders at Florence Gould Hall : New York, NY
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Performers: Cornelius Brown and Deborah Lohse
Music: The Section Quartet - Radiohead
Costumes: Deborah Lohse
Photos: Daniel Perez

A duet of resistant co-dependency for a woman that can't get off the ground without a partner and a man who becomes immobilized the minute he meets her only to regain his freedom when the game goes too far.

Performances:
2003 Dumbo Dance Festival : Brooklyn, NY