ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell Arts Renaissance Inc. and a group of private citizens are bringing acclaimed choreographer Lauri Stallings and her dance group “Glo” to Roswell for a participatory public art event on July 12 and 13. Through the medium of dance, the artists will provide a contemporary lens for understanding one of the most notorious events in Roswell’s history – the deportation of 400 women and children millworkers by Union troops 150 years ago.
Wearing long silk dresses, about 16 dancers will lead the public in a migration from the Roswell Town Square to the historic mill site in Old Mill Park. European waltz music and jazz will transform the space as the migration proceeds down Mill Street to culminate with a dance installation at the covered bridge.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. on July 12 and 13, shortly after actors re-enact the arrest of the 400 millworkers, a separate event planned by Barrington Hall and the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Immediately after the July 13 installation, Stallings and Roswell Arts Renaissance will lead a public discussion by the covered bridge, addressing migration and vulnerability.
Glo’s installation for Roswell is one of a series of public installations debuting in and around Atlanta in July 2014 with an overarching theme of community, culture and identity, and how we can change what is valued and how we value it.
Titled “Gestures That Soon Will Disappear,” the series will be filmed and on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in a nine-week exhibition starting in September. Roswell residents will be invited to participate in public initiatives at the museum.
The nonprofit Roswell Arts Renaissance promotes and advances cultural and artistic expression in the Roswell community, with a keen emphasis on public art in all its forms.
In the fall Stallings and Glo dancers will return to Roswell for a second phase of the project sponsored by Roswell Arts Renaissance. Dancers will perform a “mapping” on Canton Street and will offer three “educational exchanges” in Roswell schools.