Tori Lawrence and Co. Returns to the Barnes

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Tori Lawrence + Co. created a 45-minute site-specific dance, Holding Place, made specifically for the Barnes Foundation, which premiered at the Foundation in 2012 and is now returning to its home. The dance was created in response to the, then, new building. This new version of the piece will feature four dancers (Eleanor Goudie-Averill, Meredith Lyons, Scott McPheeters, Anthony Michael Pucci), live original music by David Moore (of the Brooklyn-based band Bing & Ruth), and clothing design by local artists Heyne Bogut.

The 45-minute live dance/music performance explores the audience/performer relationship by placing audiences at extreme distances from the event—very distant or close. Questions about the role of proximity in the work become questions about audience agency, their ability to choose their own frame—how close to be in relationship to the event, what to focus on during multiple events, whether to sit, stand, move. Holding Place is a work full of meaning and emotion that transitions the audience into a parallel world–forever changing their perspective of people, of relationships, of place.

Founded in 2010, Tori Lawrence + Co. is a group of award-winning movement artists, musicians, filmmakers, and designers who embed intelligent art into unconventional settings, creating worlds where imagination, architecture, technology, and dance intersect. TL+Co. creates site-specific dance projects, dance films, and installations that re-envision the possibility of place.

About the artists:

Tori Lawrence, choreographer/director of Tori Lawrence + Co., creates site-specific choreography and dance films that have been presented nationally and internationally.  Presenters include: Dance/USA, Workshop Foundation (Budapest), Dance Ireland, Philadelphia FringeArts, Agite y Sirva Screendance Festival (Mexico), Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, Portland Maine Film Festival, Philadelphia Dance Projects, Dances Made to Order, San Francisco’s Tiny Dance Film Festival, Screendance Africa, K77 Studio (Berlin), and Franklin & Marshall College. She was an artist-in-residence at Workshop Foundation (Budapest) in the Fall of 2013, and was in residence at Dance Ireland in June 2014.  She is the co-curator/founder of Iowa Screendance Festival and New Hampshire’s Horizon Screendance Festival. She graduated with honors from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a B.A. in both dance and public health.  She is currently on fellowship at the University of Iowa, where she will receive her M.F.A. in Choreography.

David Moore is a composer and pianist who leads the seven-piece ensemble Bing & Ruth.  The group’s second record ‘Tomorrow Was the Golden Age’ was released in late 2014 via RVNG Intl. to much critical acclaim.  He has most recently been featured on NPR First Listen, BBC Radio 6, and was included on Pitchfork’s 2014 Albums of the Year list.  David currently lives in New York City.

Founded in 1999, HEYNE BOGUT is an independent company based in Philadelphia. They make their clothing in a studio located in a 150 year old former mill that now houses a thriving artist’s community and are proud to be part of bringing textile manufacturing back to the mill and invested in supporting the talented, creative workforce that is Philadelphia. Heyne Bogut’s partnership of married couple Paul Heyne and Karen Bogut works off the synergy of our passion to create together.  Heyne Bogut debuted it’s collection in NYC where it was bought by Barneys NY and displayed in their Madison Avenue window.

Holding Place will appear at The Barnes Foundation (20th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) on Sunday, April 5th at 3:30 pm.  The event is free and tickets can be obtained on-site at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am on April 5th.  Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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