The gloATL dance company will perform a site-specific work in collaboration with Atlanta filmmaker Micah Stansell at the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark next month. The work, titled “the search for the exceptional,” is the first partnership between gloATL dancemaker Lauri Stallings and Stansell.
The hour-long piece continues gloATL’s efforts to integrate and re-invent public spaces through nomadic experiments in contemporary performance. The work, which will incorporate dance, underwater filming, machines and skateboarding, will debut May 11 and continue through May 13 and is free to the public.
It will investigate the role of public recreation centers in reflecting and reconstituting our communal experience. “I remember while growing up spending valuable time in the recreation centers in the rural South,” says Stallings. “It’s there I learned that perhaps to capture a city in an image is to really follow its movement. I think artists today are the ideal navigators in what history has shown to be often precarious waters.”
The project was commissioned by Possible Futures, the Atlanta-based nonprofit arts organization, with support from Sunbelt Rental Co.
“Lauri and Micah have brought an inspiring human intimacy to extraordinary, large-scale art projects that have transformed our city’s public spaces into places for community,” says Louis Corrigan, the founder of Possible Futures. “This project continues to explore that possibility by focusing on one of the city’s most dynamic new parks, created by the BeltLine’s transformational development, while noting the fraught history of Atlanta’s public parks.”
(Full disclosure: Corrigan is the chairman of ArtsATL’s board of directors, and Possible Futures has given us $50,000 in grants.)