Unscripted. Unstaged. Joe Laughlin.Unscripted. Unstaged. is an interview series from Laura Murray Public Relations that speaks with fascinating artists, advocates, administrators, and other individuals who keep the artistic community visible, viable, and vibrant. Joe Laughlin is a Vancouver choreographer and Artistic Director of Joe Ink. LMPR will be working with Joe this Spring, providing publicity for Retrospective– a special performance that revisits and celebrates his 25 years of creation. Joe choreographs in contemporary dance and has also crossed over into ballet, opera, theatre and television. His works have been performed in Canada, the US, UK, Europe, South Africa and South Korea. Commissions include the National Arts Centre, Canada Dance Festival, Banff Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Moving into Dance Mophatong, among others.
Q: If we were introduced at a party – what are the three things you would be excited to share about yourself?
I work in the arts. I love dance. I am curious.
Q: If we checked your nightstand, what books would we find you reading right now?
Dracula by Bram Stoker, Apollo’s Angels by Jennifer Homans, and Annabel by Kathleen Winter.
Q: If we checked your computer, what favourite sites would be bookmarked?
Huffington Post, New York Times, Joe Ink, TED, and YouTube.
Q: How did you come to do what you do – was there a defining moment you can tell us about?
I was a gymnast. I started taking dance classes to rehabilitate my ankle after a tumbling pass gone wrong. And then I saw the stage musical Chorus Line. One singular sensation! I wanted to be a dancer. And being a choreographer just naturally grew out of that.
Q: When it comes to marketing, is there a particular campaign or a poster, advertisement, or promotion that made a significant impact or that stands out in your mind?
I like the posters for Don Juan and Pirates of Penzance that were recently up around the city and have really been enjoying all the promotion around The Hobbit film. Also, the M & M TV commercial with Vanessa Williams makes me laugh.
Q: Lastly, what inspires you?
ALL of the dancers I have the privilege of working with.