New solo by Tori Lawrence + Co.

•September 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

In October, I will be traveling to Chicago to perform Film No. 7, a new solo by Tori Lawrence.  The work “responds to one of Yoko Ono’s film scores that she created between 1964-68. The performance is about a room with many time worlds in it. And about disappearance. And not listening. It incorporates digital projection and a peculiar set that bridges many worlds together.  It looks at how a body can be marginalized… how limits can act as borders… and how borders can make dialogue between bodies disappear.”  The piece will be part of Marginalia:  An Evening of Performance, curated by KU professor James Moreno, at Links Hall.

Tori Lawrence


Spinning into Summer

•May 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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This June, I will be teaching and making a new work at the LAC/KU Dance’s Summer Ballet Intensive, before travelling for the rest of the summer to attend the Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation with the Architects and a MELT Workshop with Irene Dowd.  Other East Coast classes and workshops to be added soon!



The Wolf Returns to LAC

•February 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Peter and the Wolf will be back at the Lawrence Arts Center for the third year running, with public performances on March 31st and April 1st.  The show will feature many new cast members (including Peter himself) as well as sets by visual artist Neil Goss, costumes by Susan Rendall, music by the KU Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Raffaele Cipriano, and choreographer Eleanor Goudie-Averill as the Wolf.


Happy New Year from SDDL!

•December 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment


University Dance Company Premiere

•November 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment


My new piece, Untitled Dance for Eleven, has been a challenge and a joy to work on with the beautiful UDC dancers.   We will be joined live by the KU Percussion Ensemble, playing Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood.  The dance broadly relates to the physical and cultural landscape of KS, both in terms of being able to take up space and see far out onto the horizon, and also about feeling limited because of the cultural landscape.  Hope you can come out to the Lied Center and support KU Dance!  Tickets available HERE.

New work for the University Dance Company at KU!

•September 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

This Fall, I have been commissioned to create a new work for the University of Kansas Dance Department‘s University Dance Company.  It is a joy to be back in the KU studios, and I can hardly believe that it has been twelve years since I was a student there myself.  Here is my beautiful cast preparing to work one of our new phrases:


The piece will premiere at the UDC concert on November 1718th at the Lied Center.

Returning- a new solo

•April 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Here I am rehearsing for a new solo, commissioned by the Lawrence Ballet Theater for their annual Emergence Concert.  The concert also features three guest artist works, Tarantella, and the original Firebird Ballet.

Returning is the first contemporary ballet solo that I have made for myself in many years.  It is concerned with the cyclical nature of the decisions we make, the ability to adapt, and also to return…