TORI LAWRENCE

DIRECTOR-CHOREOGRAPHER

Tori Lawrence is a choreographer and filmmaker and serves as the Artistic Director of Tori Lawrence + Co.  She is the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer at Middlebury College (Vermont).  She creates immersive site-specific dances, interdisciplinary performance installations, and dance films. Her environmentally-based work inspires an imaginative and sustainable way of looking at, thinking about, and using space.  Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including three site-specific performance commissions by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she created “Holding Place,” an evening-length work created in response to the architecture of the Barnes’ new Philadelphia campus. The performance was set to music by acclaimed Brooklyn-based music group Bing & Ruth. Philadelphia Weekly describes her site-specific work as “poignant,” “stunning,” and “arresting.” 

 

She was awarded a 2018 Lighton International Artists Exchange grant to fund her recent dance film project in Skåne, Sweden’s southernmost region.  She was a lecturer in dance at the University of Kansas (2017) and the choreographer-in-residence at Franklin & Marshall College (2018).  She has been awarded artist residencies and fellowships at Yaddo (NY; 2018), Djerassi (CA; 2017), Playa (OR; 2018), Brunakra (Sweden; 2018), Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation (NY; 2018), Charlotte Street Foundation (MO; 2016-17), Dance Ireland (Dublin; 2014), and Workshop Foundation (Budapest; 2013).  Her work has been commissioned and presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Stockholm Screendance Festival, Screendance Africa, Portland Maine Film Festival, Agite y Sirva, San Francisco Tiny Dance Film Festival, Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, Legion Arts/CSPS, Lawrence Arts Center, Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum, Mulvane Art Museum, and Cyprus International Film Festival, amongst others. Lawrence graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship.

ELEANOR GOUDIE-AVERILL

DANCER

Originally from the Midwest, Eleanor Goudie- Averill is a dance artist and educator who works with dancers of all ages on technique and performance. Since graduating with her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa in 2007, she has served as a professor at Temple University, Bucknell University, and Franklin & Marshall College. She currently teaches Ballet and Beginning Modern at Connecticut College. Ellie has danced professionally for Susan Rethorst, Lucinda Childs, Bronwen MacArthur, and Group Motion. She is a regular collaborator and dancer with Tori Lawrence + Co. in dance films and site-specific works.

TARYN GRIGGS

DANCER

Taryn Griggs has danced with Ivy Baldwin, Yoshiko Chuma, Mary Cochran, Sara Hook, Jodi Melnick, David Neumann, Susan Rethorst, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Liz Roche/Rex Levitates, Sara Smith, Anna Sperber, Karinne Keithley Syers, Johannes Wieland and Hijack. Since 2002 she has been creating, performing and teaching with her husband, Chris Yon. Their work together has been presented, commissioned and toured to venues across the US, Canada, Ireland and France. Griggs received a Sage Award for Performance in 2009 and a McKnight Fellowship for Dance in 2012. Current projects include work with Tori Lawrence, Netta Yerushalmy, and Chris Yon. Griggs lives in Winston-Salem and teaches at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts.

JUNGWOONG KIM

DANCER

Jungwoong Kim has been a performance artist---a dancer, choreographer, designer, and film editor---for more than 20 years. Born and raised in South Korea, he had extensive training in martial arts and Korean traditional dance and ritual. He was awarded a 2015 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for the creation of SaltSoul, a multi-disciplinary performance project. Currently he is involved in the Philadelphia based Korean activist organization SESAMO as a choreographer, collaborating with their community members in a numerous site-specific performances. Jungwoong teaches improvisation and Contact Improvisation locally and internationally. He collaborates with Marion Ramírez, Germaine Ingram, Leah Stein, and Merián Soto. For the last two years he has been working with Tori Lawrence + Co.

JENNA RIEGEL

DANCER

Originally from Fairfield, Iowa, Jenna Riegel has been a New York City based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. She holds an MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa. Jenna has toured and performed internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/ Dances, Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas & Company and the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company. Jenna teaches at Gina Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts, and Mark Morris Dance. She has been on faculty in the dance departments of Barnard College, The Juilliard School and Virginia Commonwealth University.

MARIE LYNN HAAS

DANCER

Marie Lynn Haas is a New York City based movement artist and improviser. Since earning her B.A. from Bennington College, she has been a member of Susan Sgorbati’s Emergent Improvisation Project. In collaboration with Sgorbati and longtime dance partner Emily Climer, Marie co-authored the chapbook, Emergent Improvisation: on the nature of spontaneous composition where dance meets science. She also participated in the making of Emergent Forms, a film by Elliot Caplan through Picture Start Films. As part of her own research in Emergent Improvisation, Marie collaborated with Climer on the development of an improvisational duet form, The Recall Form. Together they have shown their work at the Vision Festival (NYC), the Schools Festival at the Centre Nationale de Danse Contemporaine (Angers, France), the Dance and Neuroscience Conference (NYU) and as part of Sgorbati’s Creative Research Residency at EMPAC (Troy, NY).

EMILY CLIMER

DANCER

Emily Climer is a dancer and writer based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has recently shown her choreography as part of Sundays on Broadway (NYC), Split Bill at Triskelion Arts (NYC), and The Third Barn (PA). As a performer, she has worked on projects by Mina Nishimura, Emma Rose Brown, Susan Sgorbati & Elliot Caplan, Tyler Rai, Tiny Trip, and Tori Lawrence & Co. Emily regularly collaborates with improviser Marie Lynn Haas, as well as teaches Susan Sgorbati's Emergent Improvisation. She is an administrator for Cathy Weis Projects and a teacher of afterschool movement and puppet classes at M.A.P.S. (Music Art Puppet Sound). In addition, Emily writes and edits books for emerging readers as part of the Humanities Team at Great Minds, an education non-profit. She has a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Iowa.  

Cole Highnam

MUSICIAN + COMPOSER

Cole Highnam is a New York City based composer, poet, and performer working across disciplines in visions, auditions and the poetics of circus. Recent compositions and collaborations involving the hammered dulcimer stem from experiments in street performance and explore the concepts of intergenerational transmission and gift-giving. Current studies in qigong with the choreographer Daria Faïn have inspired an interest in the salutary effects of the human voice on our eight bodies, and the resulting aesthetic, spiritual and political implications.

SETH WENGER

MUSICIAN + COMPOSER

Seth Wenger is a vocalist captivated by the relationship of sound and space. "Wherever we are, sounds relentlessly speak to us. The chorus of these tones with our responses transform, and are transformed by, the places we inhabit. Intentional and imaginative sonic conversations with our environment transcend a fixed material understanding of space." Originally from Iowa, with a background in choral and folk musics, Seth is currently a graduate student at Yale University, studying music and ritual in nineteenth century North America.

BING + RUTH

MUSICIANS

​Brooklyn band Bing and Ruth is an 11-piece ensemble led by composer and pianist David Moore. Described by the NY Times as "making the most of layered and atmospheric melody," the band utilizes clarinets, voices, cellos, and a buffet of other acoustic instruments to craft expansive soundscapes and quiet microtonal textures. The ensemble enjoys it's reputation as a unique live experience, and it's recent performances in the New York area include the 2009 MATA Festival, the Wordless Music Series, Darmstadt New Music, the WFMU Festival, and Stochastic Brooklyn. Bing & Ruth's most recent album, the double LP City Lake (2010), was praised by the Village Voice as being "...tender, optimistic, uneasy and impossibly gorgeous." They were recently the subject of one of La Blogothèque's infamous Take Away Shows, shot by legendary filmmaker Vincent Moon on a snowy Coney Island beach. An anthology of their scores "The Music is Bing & Ruth" will be published in summer 2012 by Mel Bay Publications.

VICKI BROWN

MUSICIAN + COMPOSER

Vicki Brown's unique manipulations of sounds derived mainly from the violin have been described as "alluring", "transporting", "cinematic moodscapes".  The versatility of her approach to layer and weave sonic geographies and an openness to collaborate and cultivate with others keeps her surrounded by creativity as her music translates mood and pace for time-related projects.  She is a member of Tucson's Movement Salon, an ensemble of dancers, writers and musicians who practice and perform compositional improvisation where the only parameters are space and time.  Music from her two self-produced critically-acclaimed albums, Winter Garden (2006) and Seas & Trees (2009), is featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary film Gasland (2010).  She has been collaborating, composing, recording, touring and performing as a solo artist and with several bands in the US and Europe since 2006.  Most recently she plays violin and sings backup vocals with ex-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Australian artist Hugo Race & The Fatalists, and Tucson's Amy Rude & Heartbeast and Brian Lopez.

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