Peggy Piacenza

performing artist

About Touch Me Here:

“Introspective sensuality and a disturbing trend of turmoil and self-doubt.”

“She proved the connection between the absurdity of mortal life and the higher calling of the human spirit.”

“The humor in the piece complemented the poignancy of its fiercely tender heart.”

“Piacenza demonstrated skillful use of comedic timing, along with a vast understanding of how to use her physicality as a tool for storytelling.”

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Ciara McCormack, Seattle Dances  


“Her work is frequently bold, challenging audiences to watch and think about dance out of traditional boxes, and this new solo extends that edginess.”

“It is deeply, sometimes uncomfortably, personal to watch-a moving illustration of an artist’s most intimate thoughts and moments.”

“Piacenza owns the movements and spoken words in Touch Me Here with astonishing
intelligence and mettle.”

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Melody Datz Hansen, Seattle Dances

About Past Work:

“Piacenza seems to have erupted from some Dada burlesque; jarring, implacable, and completely compelling.” —Bret Fetzer, The Stranger

“Piacenza’s blend of athletic movement and compelling theatrics combined with the lush sounds of composer Fred Frith and illusory images of animator Kristin Varner draws the audience into a hallucinatory setting in which the boundaries between the real and imagined are indecipherable.” —Claire Whitely, Queen Anne News

“Their actions create a unified artwork from a Fellini-like collection of objects and events” —Sandra Kurtz, Seattle Weekly

“Awesome kinetic energy.” —Philippa Kiraly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“By far the most idiosyncratic of the Seattle new wave dancer-choreographers is Peggy Piacenza....she presents the watcher with a series of sharp sequences of swiftly shifting still images.” —Roger Downey, Seattle Weekly

“Piacenza and her dancers move naturally from the free-ranging, uninhibited movements of children to the well-oiled staccato jerks and leaps of a sophisticated machine.” —Tonia Steed, The Stranger

“Peggy Piacenza contrasts natural movement with pure mechanics, these robotics all done with a finely tuned sense of comic timing and intense physical control.” —Mary Murfin Baley, The Seattle Times

“The sharpness, the control, and the completeness with which her body was involved in every movement, was inspiring.  She moved as if in a symbiotic relationship with the music.” —Matthew Richter, The Stranger

“Her brazen physicality has made her a favorite dancer’s dancer, and she continues to develop a strong identity, mixing a wealth of stage props, vocalization, and quirky movement.” —Chris Kaufman, Seattle Weekly