Artist Profile

Tori Lawrence

Studio Resident (2016-2017)

Dance, Film, Performance, Video
Statement of Work

As spaces are fashioned into places, what are the politics, prejudices, and regulations that subsequently emerge? How do the trends of human self-organization and habitation correlate to place-making? By understanding the history (or trend) of a site’s function, I use choreography and digital media to inspire a more imaginative and sustainable way of looking, thinking about, and using space.

Tori Lawrence is a choreographer and filmmaker who creates immersive site-specific dances, interdisciplinary performance installations, and dance films. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She taught choreography at the University of Kansas (2017) and will be in residence at Middlebury College in 2019-20. She has been awarded residencies at Djerassi, Playa, Charlotte Street Foundation, Dance Ireland, Brunakra/Sweden, and Hungary's Workshop Foundation.

Her live performances and films have been presented nationally and internationally, including three site-specific performance commissions by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and a commission for the stage by the Lawrence Arts Center. Philadelphia Weekly describes her site-specific work as “poignant,” “stunning,” and “arresting.” Her dance films have been presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects, Stockholm Screendance Festival, Screendance Africa, Portland Maine Film Festival, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Mulvane Art Museum, Legion Arts, and Cyprus International Film Festival, amongst others.

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I create site-specific dance performances and dance films that heighten an awareness of how we see, translate, bridge, and compose the inner and outer landscapes of our own being. I want to guide the audience toward an understanding that from spaces, we create, discover, and install places.

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