Atlanta dancer Lauri Stallings wins $50k Hudgens Prize

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Atlanta dancer Lauri Stallings wins $50k Hudgens Prize

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Choreographer Lauri Stallings shows off some of the handmade animal masks that dancers wore during part of their performance of “Cloth(Field)” at the Goat Farm in Atlanta. Stallings has just won the Hudgens Prize. Photo: BRANT SANDERLIN

Lauri Stallings, founder of dance troupe Glo, known for interactive performances in public spaces, was awarded the Hudgens Prize over the weekend, an honor that includes a $50,000 prize.

Stallings has collaborated with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano, and recently presented a solo exhibition of wall drawings and dance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia as part of MOCA’s Working Artist Fellowship Program.

Born in Gainesville, Fla., Stallings has performed with the Cleveland San José Ballet, Ballet British Columbia and Hubbard Dance Street Chicago. She co-founded Glo in 2009, with the goal of creating site-specific interactive work.

“We felt it was necessary to launch Glo to help revitalize identity in the American South,” she writes.

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Glo has performed in Symphony Hall, at lonely, abandoned sites along the Chattahoochee River, at the folk art garden Pasaquan in Buena Vista and at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, as well as in an on-going program to engage Georgia communities around buildings that once housed the Rosenwald Schools.

Lauri Stallings, founder and choreographer of Glo, is seen here at Goodson Yard at the Goat Farm Arts Center. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM HYOSUB SHIN / AJC/hshin@ajc.com

The Hudgens Prize is awarded every two years to an artist working in Georgia, and is, according to the Hudgens website, “one of the largest awards given to an individual artist in the entire nation.”

It is “intended to elevate the arts in our state and to offer a transformational opportunity to one Georgia artist.”

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