glo is a collaborative platform of contemporary performance in Atlanta that debut on July 24, 2009 with rapt, a multi-disciplinary work on Renzo Piano’s campus of the High Museum. Lead by choreographer Lauri Stallings, 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 regularly bridge the gap between artists and audience, to explore fundamentals found in precarious aesthetics, such as being together, voluntary migration and the inter-human. glo is a 2013 SEED Grant recipient from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to support glo qualities of being fearless, innovative, collaborative and pattern-breaking. In December 2012, Stallings and glo made their international art fair debut at Aqua Art/Art Basel Miami, with Livers:REMIX, a 3-hour physical exhibiton.
The term glo comes from the dutch meaning “a group of people who congregate to witness a unique event.” gloATL seeks to inform singular worlds where artists and public become mutually informing events in an urban landscape. The choreographed migrations are a democratic response to globalization—the dance of our time. Works for the proscenium stage seek to reveal movement’s sculptural curves and myriad of storytelling.
gloATL has twice been commissioned for large-scale, site work on the Woodruff Arts Center campus. Works also include crea, in Richard Mier’s atrium, High Museum; Liquid Culture, a physical installation in Sol LeWitt’s 54 Columns; Bloom, inaugural commission of Flux Projects; Maá, a full-evening work in collaboration with Atlanta Symphony Maestro Robert Spano in Atlanta Symphony Hall. gloATL was awarded the first Interactive Residency on the Woodruff Arts Center campus in 2010, and is Artist-in-Residence of the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center in 2012.
gloATL has created a series of performances for both traditional and non-traditional spaces, unlike any other in the Atlanta scene. In its three seasons, some 60,000 Atlantans of all ages, race and creed have experienced gloATL performances, an uncanny figure for an emerging organization.
glo is based out of the 100-year old factory space of Goodson Yard, at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District. The collaborative vision of the Goat Farm and glo created Tanz Farm: a performance anthology in fall 2012 as a place-making initiative, to further establish Atlanta and Goodson Yard as a home for conversation and risk-taking in contemporary performance. Currently in its first season, Tanz Farm has presented Pierre Rigal(France), zoe/juniper(Seattle), Sidra Bell/New York, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Theatre du Rev’ and Staib Dance(Atlanta).
In 2014, Stallings will curate the biennial contemporary dance festival Off the Edge at downtown Atlanta’s historic Rialto Center for the Arts.
This is the 4th season of glo. come. witness uniqueness.