Founded in summer 2009, glo is an Atlanta-based collaborative platform of contemporary performance. Our passion is to invest in where we live, and how we might live there.
The radical invention of choreographer Lauri Stallings and production specialist Richard Carvlin, glo’s work increasingly shares a synergy with art forms, blending classical elements with the complexity and groove of today’s rhythmic culture. Part choreography and part interactive art installation, glo performances bridge the gap between artists and public, to deepen connections to a community’s assets, inspirations and potential. glo was founded with a mission to work together. The platforms’ willingness to take risks, respond to art practices, and cater to people, has created glo’s unique trajectory.
glo takes its name from the dutch meaning of glow, “a group of people who congregate to witness a unique event.” glo seeks to inform singular worlds where artists and public become mutually informing events in spaces outside traditional stages. A 2012 Rome Prize nominee for her ongoing studies, Stallings choreographed public choirs are a democratic response to globalization—the dance of our time. Works for the proscenium stage are cinematic, subjective journeys with gesture as a 360 sculptural piece.
glo’s capacity for lasting human and urban change, implicit in the pool of collaborators, is rare, and glo’s most valuable asset. The platform has grown to 51 artists who represent a remarkable consortium of idea and mediums, including Conductor Robert Spano, filmmaker Micah Stansell, Sonic Generator Music Ensemble, Gyun Hur, and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton of the international hip-hop duo OUTkast. glo believes collaborations enable creative impulse at its bravest, and strongest.
glo debuted in Atlanta with rapt, a large-scale installation on the campus of the High Museum. glo is a 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation SEED Grant recpient, for their fearless, innovative, pattern-breaking body of work. In December 2012, Stallings and glo made their international art fair debut at Art Basel: Miami, with Livers: REMIX, a 3-hour physical exhibition. glo’s physical installations include Liquid Culture, at Sol LeWitt’s 54 Columns with The Atlanta Opera; Bloom, inaugural commission of Flux Projects, and search for the exceptional in Historic Maddox Pool, and with underwater filming by filmmaker Micah Stansell.
Works for traditional venues include Maá, a full-evening work in collaboration with Atlanta Symphony Conductor Robert Spano, and made for Atlanta Symphony Hall, Halo’ at Duo Theatre (NY), The Child Project, in collaboration with Sonic Generator, with David Lang and Bailey Center for the Arts. And in 2013, Hippodrome: a triptych on urban stages, in collaboration with Sonic Generator, Gyun Hur and soloists of The Atlanta Opera. glo was awarded the first Interactive Residency on the Woodruff Arts Center campus in 2010, and was Artist-in-Residence of the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center in 2012. Every year since its debut, glo has been named Best Dance Company by Creative Loafing Atlanta.
In 2013, glo created Bacchus for the Carlos Museum’s Black Jaguar exhibition. In 2014, glo will create a large-scale physical exhibition for the new Zuckerman Museum, on the campus of Kennesaw State University, followed by a week-long interactive residency at Acadania Center for the Arts.
glo‘s permanent home is a 120-year old factory space, Goodson Yard, at the Goat Farm Arts Center. In 2012, glo and the Goat Farm created Tanz Farm: a performance anthology, as a place-making initiative, and to further establish Goodson Yard as an international destination that appreciates work from different approaches and practices, in contemporary performance. Now in its second year, the artists roster includes choregraphers Pierre Rigal, zoe/juniper, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, Sidra Bell, and Amanda K. Miller.
glo’s SCHOOLHOUSE links the creative mission of glo’s contemporary ideas and practices to education, bringing neighborhoods, schools and families into the world of making contemporary art in collaborative process. SCHOOLHOUSE is envisioned as a living laboratory for dance education, working with diverse communities throughout the Atlanta area and beyond, by creating long-term partnerships with schools, teachers and citizens. glo’s SCHOOLHOUSE initiatives include a partnership with Kennesaw State University of Dance, where Stallings is Artist-in-Residence. Stalling is Visiting Lecturer at Georgia Tech School of Architecture, and glo is in the curriculm of North Springs High School, the only magnet school in Georgia with a performing arts discipline.
glo’s artistic force remains rooted in the original vision of its founders: an artist-driven platform, who vitality is defined by its uncommon appetite for making spaces outside traditional venues into destinations for radical, celebrated contemporary art.