Tori Lawrence is a New England-based choreographer, filmmaker, and educator who creates site-specific multimedia performances and digital/analog dance films. Her environmentally-based work inspires an imaginative and sustainable way of looking at, thinking about, and using space. Her site-specific choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including three commissions by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she created “Holding Place,” an evening-length multimedia performance featuring acclaimed Brooklyn-based musicians Bing & Ruth. The work was created in response to the architecture of the Barnes’ new Philadelphia campus. Philadelphia Weekly describes her site-specific work as “poignant,” “stunning,” and “arresting.”
She is a lecturer at Bennington College and Smith College, and was awarded the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence and Dance Lecturer position at Middlebury College, where she taught courses in Movement & Media, Improvisation, and Contemporary Technique. She has been a lecturer at the University of Kansas (2017) and a guest artist at Franklin & Marshall College (2018), Connecticut College (2020), Trinity College (2020), Drexel University (2021), and Keene State University (2022). Tori graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship.
Her screendance work has received funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Dance Films Association, Vermont Arts Council, and Lighton International Artists Exchange. She has been awarded artist residencies from Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Trondheim, Norway) and USF Verftet (Bergen, Norway), where she'll create a new screendance project with Jennifer Nugent in 2022-23. Other awarded artist residencies and fellowships include: Yaddo (NY; 2018), Djerassi (CA; 2017), Playa (OR; 2018), Brunakra (Sweden; 2018), Chez Bushwick (NY; 2018), Ucross Foundation (WY; 2016), Charlotte Street Foundation (MO; 2016-17), Dance Ireland (Dublin; 2014), and Workshop Foundation (Budapest; 2013).
Tori's choreography and dance films have been presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects, Dance Films Association's Dance on Camera Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, SCDT, Stockholm Screendance Festival, Cape Town International Film Festival, 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.
She is currently collaborating with choreographer Sara Shelton Mann on a new performance installation with residencies/performances at Space 124 (San Francisco), Counterpulse (San Francisco), Fresh Festival @ Joe Goode Annex (San Francisco), SCDT (Northampton), Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (San Francisco), and Dock 11 (Berlin).