|WINDOW INTO THINKING DIFFERENTLY. Just what is The Goat Farm Arts Center, the place where this image was taken? It is worth finding out! What is Glo Atl? Is it just an awesome performance company? Or does Glo Atl breathe and pulse in that beguiling twilight, dust from exploded stars sifting through the cosmos? Perhaps the Goat Farm Arts Center and Glo Atl are windows into ourselves...for we are the stuff of stars!(photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
Lauri Stallings is clearly the stuff of stars--you feel the ancient energy from the cosmos pulsating in her BEING. Yes, I have met her twice and intermingled with her amazing energy. Atlanta, with its population of five-million-plus, sometimes seems such a small city when you follow your SOUL--relaxing and letting it flow with that star-light-n-dust.
|BUILDING NEW MATERIAL. Lauri explained to those of us, sitting on the side, how the dancers were working out "phrases" or "threads" to communicate ideas. What do you think they are communicating here? (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
As my "mind" opens to what Lauri is saying, I fall fully in love with her philosophy of ARTISTS and COMMUNITY. What happens when the boundaries between the two evaporates and the they are no longer separate entities? Does change occur? And are both ARTISTS and COMMUNITY members impacted? I think the answer would be YES!
What would happen to us all if we listened and saw with our whole bodies as she instructs the dancers? Who might we be if we were open to changing and experiencing that moment in ourselves and others? Great questions posed by Lauri! I know that I am raising my hand to participate in whatever way I can with Glo Atl, whenever I can. I want to answer some of these questions and spend time with the philosophic and cosmic Lauri Stallings and her terrific collaborators.
To conclude this blog entry I have copied Lauri Stallings artist statement that she has on her website because I thought you might like to read what she has to say about herself:
"I am a choreographer who strives to experiment with new ways of delivering performance experience aspiring to stimulate the senses, provoke dialogue and activate the mind.
I am obsessed with our perceptions of what we are when we are alone vs. what we are when we are together, and in my work. I try to reassess my views of what family is, offering other frequencies and mind spaces for us to communicate in.
I do this by having dialogue with venues and collaborating with art forms. Then I transpose these conversations onto living bodies and into a precarious installation atmosphere and state.
Drawing on what I’ve experienced as essential ingredients of family- adventure, complexity, nakedness, ritual and loss, I offer the public doors into alternate homes conceived as interior events and exterior eruptions, positive and negative, without opposing context.
My intention is to offer a lens of the expanding, unfolding universe inside us, to find our explicit nature before being told what we think we are. I often hold a mirror up to the public to contemplate, “I know what this place is.” Then I lunge deep into spontaneity, challenging people to think together, and this turns the work inside out.
I make highly choreographed tableaux vivants and movement choirs that inflate the dance to various contemplative states of mind, asking “What does it mean to be part of a community?”
Place is a body form to me. I interpret how it’s postured in a community, what it feels, and like a breathing body, I suggest every inch of crevice and curvature has transformative powers.
Through this endeavor for democracy I invite the public to become a collaborator, and family. I ask how far can we go together, in a world that oftentimes feels like it's wrestling us apart."
That's Coffee with Hallelujah! Soul blog with me what you think about the relationship between ARTISTS and THEIR COMMUNITIES. Have you experienced the dropping of boundaries between the two? What did you feel? Think?