On Nov. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., local dance company Tori Lawrence + Co. will perform its show, “Progress,” at the Lawrence Arts Center.
“I remember moving from a small apartment in south side, Chicago to one of those odd subdivisions in Atlanta and finding it so hard to get used to,” Lawrence said. “The suburbs created a kind of normative lifestyle that everyone was trying to abide by and perfect. To me, it all seemed so superficial and brought up huge divisions between gender, race and sexuality. So, this whole project inspired me to research 1950's educational/advertising/propaganda videos, white flight and the post-war suburban expansion.”
“The piece was a lot different then ... it was set on male dancers. It was much shorter in length, and it had very different movement vocabulary,” Lawrence said.
“I love the way that the stage has been transformed,” Goudie-Averill said. “Every time I enter the door onto the stage, it feels like I’m entering into another world. It really helps me do the movement in the correct way, because the movement is a little bit other worldly too.”
“I really hope that the audience is able to take in all of the visualized images in the video montage, because there are a lot of images within the dance and the movement, and there is also a lot sound from the 50s. I would love for the audience to think about the trajectory of our culture since the 50s and the building of the suburbs,” Goudie-Averill said.
— Edited by Cody Schmitz