Founded by Laura Cannon in 2019, ProLab Dance assembles dancers and performing artists from a variety of backgrounds to experiment with movement theories in and around Portland, OR. ProLab approaches dance-making with curiosity and openness in studios, rivers, city parks, ship yards, or any place that sparks interest. Cannon guides these explorations to become live performances and/or dancefilms. With Cannon at the heart of ProLab, dancers participate on a project basis.
ProLab Dance is a project-based company dedicated to bringing performers of varied backgrounds together to ask questions about how and why we make dance. We are dedicated to staying curious and open in our work. We strive to make space for those who may not feel at home in a traditional dance company environment by being flexible and believing that there are many different kinds of knowledge and experience. We are collaborators. We are explorers. We seek to use dance as a way to articulate what language cannot. ProLab’s mission is to create dance-based performances that engage our audience on multiple levels.
ProLab desires to compensate all collaborating artists fairly. While the current fundraising environment is challenging, artist compensation and safety will always be a top priority for us.