The New Prairie School, Corey Smith

The New Prairie School

Corey Smith

Fri, January 12, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $25.00

Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, THE NEW PRAIRIE SCHOOL expands and explodes Wright’s architectural theories into new mythologies of the American Midwest. Through a combination of electroacoustic music, experimental theatre, and dance, performance artist Corey Smith argues for a vision of the Midwest which is urban, queer, progressive, ecstatic, weird. THE NEW PRAIRIE SCHOOL is a reclaiming and remaking of Midwestern radicalism. THE NEW PRAIRIE SCHOOL is writing about music, dancing about architecture. THE NEW PRAIRIE SCHOOL is a love song to flyover country. THE NEW PRAIRIE SCHOOL is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Corey Smith
Corey Smith
Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He is classically trained, but is interested in an art that obscures the boundaries between worlds: words that are sound, music that is image, body that is text. He is in search of a personal and regional identity that contains contradictions, one that is queer, questioning, ephemeral. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud midwesterner. Collaboration is an integral part of Corey’s artistic practice. Most recent collaborative credits include works performed at Defibrillator Gallery, Links Hall, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. He is a founding member of the Suburban Piano Quartet, an experimental performance group, which has collaboratively created numerous evening-length performances. Mostly recently, he worked as an assistant director and composer for We Are a LightHouse, a piece of experimental theatre with director Lindsey Barlag-Thornton. He was also the sound designer for Rough House Theater Company\'s production of Cicada Summer, a score which was praised by Windy City Times as "delicate, ethereal and ... speaking volumes when words are unspoken." Corey is also a solo performance artist. He works in a hybridized performance style — a combination of original music, text, and choreography. He has been an artist in residence at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. More information is available online at coreyds.com.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/