Peggy Piacenza is co-founder and permanent resident artist at Base, a non-profit organization dedicated to elevating risk and invention in dance, performance, and multidisciplinary art. Piacenza is a Seattle choreographer and performer who has toured both nationally and internationally. Her work draws from her explorations in improvisation, performance-related studies, and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented by Bonfire Gallery, Bratislava Movement Festival in Slovakia, Dance Theater Workshop in NYC, and in Seattle as part of Velocity Dance Center's Guest Artist Series, On the Boards, Composer/Choreographer, D-9 Dance Collective, Northwest Film Forum, and 4Culture. In 1992, she co-founded Seattle’s repertory dance company, The D-9 Dance Collective.
Her contemporary dance career began in Seattle in 1991 when she first performed with Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney, touring signature works such as Faith, Sleep, Vivaldi, Colleen Anne, and Jesus Loves the Little Cowgirls throughout the US, Europe and South America. From 1996-2004 she worked in collaboration with co-directors Dayna Hanson and Gaelen Hanson of the Seattle-based dance-theater company 33 Fainting Spells, performing and touring works including Sorrow’s Sister, Maria the Storm Cloud, September September, and Dirty Work. Since then, she has performed in the work of many choreographers, such as Stephanie Skura, Deborah Hay, Lionel Popkin, Beth Graczyk, and others. She also performed in two evening-length works conceived by Dayna Hanson, Gloria’s Cause (2010) and The Clay Duke (2014). She can also be seen in an acting role in Hanson’s feature-length film Improvement Club.
Piacenza is a 2010 graduate of Smith College, where she was enrolled in the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. In Spring 2011 she became the inaugural recipient of the Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant, offered to Ada Comstock Scholars by Smith College, underwriting her creative project to bring Cambodian and American artists together in Cambodia for a month of cross-cultural dialogue and dancing associated with classical and contemporary dance forms. In December 2012, a documentary film based on her time in Cambodia was completed, and subsequently hosted by Velocity Dance Center’s Speakeasy Series.