Instructor of Dance
Lauri Stallings is a contemporary choreographer and collaborator, and was born in Gainesville, Florida. She moved to Pittsburgh as a young artist, and took early admissions into Point Park University, followed immediately by the beginning of a performance career with Cleveland San Jose' Ballet and Ballet British Columbia, performing important historical works of Agnes de Mille, Jose' Limon, and influential creative processes with Canadian choreographers Serge Benethan, Jean Grande Maitre, and Mark Godden. From 2000-2005, Stallings performed with renowned Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, tourning nationally and internationally, and originating roles in the troupes intensely physical repertoire. In 2005, she won Chicago's Music and Dance Alliance Ruth Page Award and was named Chicagoan of the Year for her choreographic debut, Moody Hollow. In 2006, Lauri was introduced to Atlanta during a 3-year Choreographic Residency with Atlanta Ballet. The city's artists, musicians and writers helped open her ideas of what dance is, where it occurs, and the meaningfulness of collaboration. Having worked professionally for many years now, Stallings was inspired to feel and look at dance through other lens, and rally art teams together to offer other ways of experiencing life.
Stallings has received commissions from the Woodruff Arts Center and Bailey Center for the Arts, and recently received a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation SEED grant for her work with glo, and new commissions from Acadania Center for the Arts. Stallings is a 2012 Rome Prize nominee from the American Academy of Arts, and a 201o Bogliasco Fellow (Italy). Her work has been exhibited at Georgia Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, the High Musuem of Art, Quinlan Arts Center, and her physical Installation choir B will open the Zuckerman Museum of Art in 2014. Stallings was Artist-in-Residence of Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center in 2011, and received a Creative Residency at Atlanta Symphony Hall in 2011.
Stallings has collaborated intensely with artists across disciplines, including conductor Robert Spano ( 2011, for Maa', Atlanta Symphony Hall), filmmakers Micah Stansell ( 2012, for search for the exceptional ) and Adam Larsen (2008 and 2011, for big and Maa'), Sonic Generator Music Ensemble (2013, for The Child Project), mural artists Living Walls ( 2013, for The Traveling Show public art tour), visual artist Gyun Hur ( 2013, for Hippodrome: a tryptich on urban stages), Atlanta Opera (2012, for Liquid Culture: a utopia station series), and rap star Big Boi of OUTkast, with whom Stallings garnered a 2008 Benois de la Danse (Moscow) nomination for big. In 2012, Stallings began a collaboration with Real Estate developer Hallister Foster to launch Tanz Farm, a production structure for Atlanta and inter/National artists working with new ideas and forms in live art.
Stallings has been commissioned for new work by American Ballet Theatre (NY), Laban Institute (UK), Ballet Augsburg (Germany), Ballet British Columbia (Canada), Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, DanceLINES Royal Ballet (UK), River North Dance Chicago and Jacob's Pillow (MA). Stallings is Resident Artist of Kennesaw State University, Department of Dance, and is Visiting Lecturer in Georgia Tech's School of Architecture, and she has created new work for SUNY Purchase, Point Park University, Julliard, and Fordham/ Ailey II.
Lauri creates her work in Goodson Yard, a 114-year old factory space at the Goat Farm Arts Center, in Atlanta.