Lauri Stallings is a contemporary artist whose language of physical gesture is an exploration of the literacy of the entire body as a means for communication. An alum of world-renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Stallings is a 2012 Rome Prize nominee for her ongoing experiments with journey as a form in contemporary performance. Stallings founded the collaborative platform glo in July 2009, and in 2012 Stallings and glo received a SEED Grant recipient from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for their fearless, innovative, collaborative and pattern-breaking work. In December, glo made their International Art Fair debut with Stallings’ Livers:REMIX, a 3-hour physical exhibition for Aqua Fair at Art Basel: Miami.
Commissions for the stage include American Ballet Theater (NY), Ballet Augsburg (Germany), Ballet British Columbia (Canada), Hubbard Street Dance (Chicago), DanceLINES Royal Opera House (UK), Julliard (NY), and Jacob’s Pillow (MA). A 2011 Bolgliasco Fellow (Italy), Stallings has garnered Emory University’s inaugural 2010 “Artist Impact Award,” a 2009 Benois de la Danse nomination (Moscow) for her big, a collaboration with world hip-hop star Big Boi of OutKast; Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” Chicagoan of the Year (2004), and Chicago Music and Dance Alliance’s Ruth Page Award (2005).
Stallings’ works for glo include rapt, amidst architect Renzo Piano’s Woodruff Arts Center campus; Bloom, the inaugural work of Flux Projects; and Liquid Culture, a series of “utopia stations” culminating at Sol Lewitt’s 54 Columns. Stallings’ glo creations for the stage include the full-evening work Halo (Duo Theatre NYC), Plum Line Revisited, Joyce Theater (NY), and in 2011, Maá, a multi-disciplinary work with Conductor Robert Spano of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Georgia Tech’s Sonic Generator set to Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s score of the same name, premiere Atlanta Symphony Hall.
In 2011, Stallings formed Off the Edge, the first contemporary dance Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, in partnership with Rialto Center for the Arts and Kennesaw State University Department of Dance. The occasion was a critical success. In 2012-13, Stallings and the Goat Farm’s Anthony Harper introduced Tanz Farm, a season of contemporary performance dialogue for Atlanta and inter/national artists at glo‘s creative home, Goodson Yard, at the Goat Farm Arts Center. In the 12-13′ season, works include 360 Dance (NY), Laban Institute (UK), Hippodrome, a full evening, new creation with Sonic Generator Music Ensemble and Visual artist Gyun Hur, and The Band, for St. Louis’ new contemporary Big Muddy Dance and the Tuhill Arts Center. In fall 2013, Stallings will create a physical exhibition in response to the Opening exhibition of the new Zuckerman Museum(ATL).
Stallings is Artist in Residence of Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance.
Lauri Stallings’ CV is available here.