Peggy Piacenza

performing artist



Along with Dayna Hanson and Dave Proscia, Piacenza is co-director of Base, a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating risk and invention in dance, performance and multidisciplinary art. Base operates a creative space in Georgetown, Seattle—a 2,000 square foot room with a sprung floor, 18-foot-high ceiling, light and sound systems, natural light and a seating capacity of 99.

Base offers creative residencies and subsidized space rentals to a rotating lineup of artists from Seattle and beyond. Base is also available for performances and events.

Dayna Hanson (2010-present)

Projects with Dayna Hanson include The Clay Duke, Gloria's Cause, as well as Hanson’s feature-length film, Improvement Club. Toured to On the Boards (Seattle), PuSh International Festival of Performing Arts (Vancouver, B.C.), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Fusebox Festival/Dance Umbrella (Austin), Miami Light Project.

Lionel Popkin: There is an elephant in this dance

Piacenza was an originating performer in choreographer Lionel Popkin's There is an Elephant in this Dance. Playing off a comically overlarge plush elephant costume, worn in pieces or whole, this vividly imagined, adroitly executed quartet looks at how an individual body can hold multiple histories and align itself with divergent cultural identities. By turns funny, uncanny and disquieting, There is An Elephant... abounds with choreographic eloquence, clever direction and thematic layering: It organically elicits a set of meanings both obvious and unspoken, from the pachyderm in religious iconography to expressions of interior personal space.

Premiered May 2010, Dance Space Project (New York, NY). Toured to REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA, June 2010), Cal State (San Marcos, CA, October 2010) and Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, March 2011)

Deborah Hay: Mountain

A project with Austin-based choreographer Deborah Hay and Seattle-based choreographers Amelia Reeber, Gaelen Hanson and Piacenza. Phase 1 began with a three-week residency at Western Washington University in August 2006 during which Hay taught the score for Mountain and worked on a layer of perceptual training concerning the use of time and space as a trio dance was developed together. Following the premiere of the trio in September 2006, Hanson, Reeber and Piacenza began Phase 2: the creation of individual 30-minute solo adaptations of Mountain. The trio and solos then toured in 2007. 

Premiered September 2006, PICA/TBA Festival (Portland, OR). Toured to Vancouver International Dance Festival (Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 2007), ODC Theater (San Francisco, March 2007), On The Boards (Seattle, WA, April 2007), Orcas Theater (Orcas Island, WA, April 2007).

33 Fainting Spells (1996-2004)

Piacenza 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. 

Pat Graney Company (1991-1996)

Piacenza was a performer in Pat Graney Company, a modern dance performance company that has earned a national reputation as one of the premiere dance companies in the country, touring signature works such as Faith, Sleep (Making Peace with the Angels), Vivaldi, Colleen Anne, and Jesus Loves the Little Cowgirls throughout major cities in the U.S., Europe, and South America.

d-9 Dance CollectivE (1992-1997)

Piacenza was a founding member of Seattle’s D-9 Dance Collective, a dancer-driven organization dedicated to promoting and stimulating high-quality contemporary dance and performance through choreographic commissions, performances, workshops and educational activities. D-9 was produced by the 1994, 1995, and 1997 Bumbershoot arts festivals and the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, B.C. D-9 toured as part of the King County Performance Network to surrounding suburban and rural communities. D-9 received community arts projects grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, Washington State Arts Commission and the King County Arts Commission.

Grand Central Studio & RED (1996-2004)

Co-founder of two Seattle studios dedicated to supporting local artist in dance and the performing arts by providing inexpensive professional space for rehearsals and development of new works, as well as classes and informal performances.