SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE PERFORMANCE // 40 MINUTES // 2011
"Five female bodies caked in clay, moving to a melancholy score breathed by a violinist and pianist, evoke the sadness and grandeur of spaces eroded by time, the elements and fading memories. Amid a week of events at the Barnes, Awakened Ruins promises to be one of the most poignant moments of all."
MICHAEL A. GOLDBERG, PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY
"Tori Lawrence's choreography, replete with fine articulations and carefully placed tableaux, often resembles a slow-moving sculpture as much as a dance. One breakout moment recalls The Rite of Spring, both in pianist Patrick Fink's rhythms and in the hunkered-down group stomps. Memory, decay, and slow-moving time are rich elements of Awakened Ruins."
LISA KRAUS, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Founder's Hall, Girard College (Philadelphia, Sept. 2011)
The Performance Garage (Philadelphia, Oct. 2011)
Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Oct. 2011)
The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, May 2012)
choreographer/director: Tori Lawrence
dancers/collaborators: Emily Herchenroether, Christina Knipp, Tori Lawrence, Ashley Lippolis, Pamela Vail
musicians: Christopher Brooks (violin), Patrick Fink (piano), Vicki Brown
costume design: Tori Lawrence & Virginia West
photographer: Craig Harris