Atlanta-based artist Lauri Stallings studies and creates public choreographies, forms of civic action and rituals in urban environments.
Atlanta-based choreographer Lauri Stallings has fostered an expanded practice that includes public choreographies, place building and co-dreaming with many communities. Stallings works as an artist and organizer and her practice aims to develop live art activities and strategies that advance the idea of public as a genesis and subject for deep spatial and spiritual change. Originally trained as a ballet dancer, Stallings shifted the focus of her practice in 2008 in order to address the immediate social, economic, and spiritual needs of the American South. Stallings work has been funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time, Possible Futures, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts-NEA, MailChimp, Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, Lubo Fund, Cheney Foundation, a MOCA GA Fellow, and Artadia. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at such venues as Central Park,Center for Civil and Human Rights, Art Basel:Miami, City Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Chattahoochee River National Park, Harris Theatre, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary, Zuckerman Museum, and internationally in England, Germany, Canada, and Netherlands. She has been Artist-in-Residence at Georgia Institute of Technology and Atlanta Ballet, and a Bogliasco Fellow. Stallings is the inaugural recipient of Emory University's Creativity Award, and Flux Projects debut artist. Stallings is the recipient of the 2018 Hudgens Prize. Lauri frequently collaborates with Maestro Robert Spano, and rapper Big Boi and the Dungeon Family. Stallings is the founder of the non-profit glo platform, a female-led experimental nomadic platform grounded in the belief that a community of neighbors helps make the strong resilient community in which we all deserve to live.
Stallings was born and raised on the Eastside of Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, Stallings older brother died of complications to HIV/AIDS, and to date the artist considers his life as her most important education. Stallings makes all of her work in a 118-year old factory space at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta.