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 choreography activities and strategies that advance the idea of public as a genesis and subject for deep 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 geographic needs of the American South.
Stallings work has been funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time, MailChimp, Possible Futures, Artadia, MOCA GA Fellowship, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts-NEA, Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, Lubo Fund, Cheney Foundation, Richard Driehaus Foundation, South Arts, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at such venues as Central Park,Center for Civil and Human Rights, High Museum of Art, Art Basel:Miami, City Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Chattahoochee River National Park, Harris Theatre, DMAC, Atlanta Contemporary, Zuckerman Museum, Hudgens Center, Swan Coach House Gallery, and internationally in England, Germany, Canada, and Netherlands. She has been Artist-in-Residence at Georgia Institute of Technology and Atlanta Ballet. She is a Bogliasco Fellow, and a 2011 Rome Prize nominee from the American Academy of Arts. Stallings is the inaugural recipient of Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts Award, and Flux Projects debut artist. Stallings is the 2018 Hudgens Prize awardee.
Lauri has been experimenting with site-specific music and movement installations with Maestro Robert Spano since 2011. She considers these deep collaborations as internal maps to orient people and artists towards various states of reawaken. 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. The body of her collaborative work in the South began alongside hip hop artist Big Boi of Outkast, first generation Dungeon Family artists Big Rube and Sleepy Brown, and Janelle Monae' and Wondaland Arts Society. Stallings has collaborated with visual artist Daniel Arsham for Hourglass exhibition at the High. Stallings graduated cum laude with a BFA in performance from Point Park University, and completed a long performance career as a dancer with Hubbard St. Dance Chicago.
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 at The Goat Farm Arts Center, a 120-year old hybrid art farm in Atlanta.