[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] PDP Dance Up Close with Tori Lawrence in JUNKSPACE, January 22 & 23

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Wed Jan 8 09:28:13 EST 2020

Tori Lawrence's multimedia performance JUNKSPACE kicks off Philadelphia
Dance Project's Dance Up Close series on Wednesday, January 22 and
Thursday, January 23 at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 North American
Street) at 7:00 PM.  This stylistically diverse and spirited
mid-winter/mid-week dance festival highlights the work of an exciting set
of predominately Philadelphia artists.  *Tickets at $15, $10 for
students, are available at danceboxoffice.com <http://danceboxoffice.com/>.*

Through a rigorous process of engaging with spaces as entities with much to
say, JUNKSPACE collaborates with the site through score-based composition
and disembodied sound, making the space more than just a platform on which
to display dancers and musicians.  With a rugged athleticism paired with
haunting minimalism, the performers guide the audience from different
vantage points, drawing their attention to subtleties within the entire
theater space.

Tori Lawrence's site-adaptive project wakes us up to the spaces we inhabit
and often feel isolated from," explained Philadelphia Dance Project's
Director Terry Fox.  "Her environmentally-based work inspires an
imaginative and sustainable way of looking at, thinking about and using
space, in this case a deconstructed theater space."

Tori Lawrence creates immersive site-specific dances, interdisciplinary
performance installations and dance films.  She was awarded a 2017 Lighton
International Artists Exchange grant to fund her recent dance film project
in Sweden.  The 2018 Guest Choreographer at Franklin & Marshall College,
she was selected to be the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Middlebury
College and is currently an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick in
Brooklyn.  She has been awarded artist residencies at Djerassi Resident
Artists Program, PLAYA< Charlotte Street Foundation, Dance Ireland, and
Brunakra, Sweden.   Her work has previously been seen in Philadelphia at
Philadelphia Dance Projects' BILATERAL: Budapest/Philadelphia Dance Artists
Exchange and at the Barnes Foundation which featured three site-specific
performance commissions created in response to the architecture of the
Barnes' new campus.  Her work has also been presented by 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, Dock11 (Berlin), Legion
Arts/CSPS, Lawrence Arts Center, Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum, Mulvane Art
Museum, and Cyprus International Film Festival.

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