For three evenings last weekend, the gloATL dance troupe took over the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark for what ArtsATL’s Cynthia Bond Perry called a “once in a lifetime artistic experience.”
It was choreographer Lauri Stallings’ latest site-specific piece: “the search for the exceptional: a work on a theme of intimacy.” The dancers worked in and around giant concrete bowls and interacted with skateboarders, and the artistic blending was daring and exciting. It also was a melding of the old and new Atlantas. The dancers were clad in 1962-era dress to represent the year the city integrated public parks and “white flight” began, alongside representatives of the city’s modern-day cutting-edge personality.
ArtsATL photographer Karley Sullivan photographed the final rehearsal last Thursday, in addition to performances. We hope you enjoy her slide show.
(Disclosure: this was a commission from the Possible Futures foundation, founded by Louis Corrigan, who also is the chairman of ArtsATL’s board of directors.)