The New Prairie School, Corey Smith

The New Prairie School

Corey Smith

Ethan T. Parcell, Claire Saxe

Fri, January 12, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 - $25

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.
Ethan T. Parcell
Ethan T. Parcell
Ethan T. Parcell is an artist, composer, and educator born and raised in Geneva, IL, currently based out of Chicago, IL. His compositions have been performed throughout the US and Canada by Boston Musica Viva, Ludovico Ensemble, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (where he is their first ever composer-in-residence), and various others. He received his BM in Composition from the Boston Conservatory under Andy Vores, Curtis Hughes, and Jan Swafford. He is an active performer and improviser on stage and on recording, as well as the leader of performance opera ensemble Focus Group LLC. His visual art is mostly in the field of handwriting and iterative drawing, often, and has been exhibited in the US, Malta, and Mexico.
Claire Saxe
Claire Saxe
Claire Saxe is a performer, puppeteer, and theatrical writer based in Chicago. Outside of Links Hall, she has had the pleasure of performing at Steep Theater, on the Steppenwolf mainstage, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in theaters, basements, converted warehouses and other alternative venues across the Midwest, East Coast, and UK. She is co-artistic director of Rough House Theater Company, with whom her recent work includes Cicada Summer: A Coming-of-Age Interspecies Romance Tragedy, Ubu the King, and Sad Songs for Bad People. Claire is a graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Exeter (UK).
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/