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The New Prairie School at Colvin House + You're His Child
Colvin House and Chicago Filmmakers
Chicago, IL
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Enjoy three performances back-to-back at the 2018 Pivot Arts Festival for only $30! Corey Smith presents The New Prairie School at Colvin House, followed by Emmy Bean's You're His Child, with Vanessa Valliere opening with The Life and Times of Terry.

Sunday, June 3 performances include access to a special $15 fixed price menu at The Growling Rabbit between shows (purchased separately). This menu is only available to Pivot Arts Festival goers. Please email us at marketing@pivotarts.org to make reservations for the dinner, purchase show tickets below.

The New Prairie School at Colvin House

Equal parts architectural tour, immersive theater, and musical performance, The New Prairie School at the Colvin House invites audience members on a fantastical journey through an historic Sheridan Road Mansion. Guides sing, speak, gesticulate, and gyrate their way through the Colvin House. Along the way, their strange and beautiful performance becomes a reclaiming of Midwestern radicalism, a love song to the people and the buildings of Chicago.

Corey Smith with Ethan T. Parcell and Claire Saxe

Ethan T. Parcell, Claire Saxe, Corey Smith

The New Prairie School was developed in Pivot Arts Incubator Program.

Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer based in Chicago, Illinois. He is classically trained, but is interested in art that obscures the boundaries between worlds: words that are sound, music that is image, body that is text. He works in a hybridized performance style  a combination of original music, text, and choreography. Corey has been an artist-in-residence at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City, and is a 2017 grantee of the City of Chicagos Individual Artist Program. Most recent collaborative credits include works performed at Defibrillator Gallery, Links Hall, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. Corey studied music composition at the University of Michigan with Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, and Erik Santos. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud Mid-westerner.

You're His Child

You're His Child is a heartfelt meditation on religion, family, and song. Through live music, sound, and her performative interaction with archival recordings, actor Emmy Bean engages the history of her great-grandfathera kitchen-table hymn singer from rural Missouritelling stories about family and music through his voice and her own.

Bean's performance begins immediately following Vanessa Valliere's 15 minute opener. Valliere performs The Life and Times of Terry, a multimedia journey through romance, parenthood, and success. She tells the tale of one womans search for love, and the hilarity that ensues, through clowning, puppetry, audience participation, drawings, photos, and projections.

Emmy Bean is a singer, performer, and teaching artist living in Chicago. She writes songs and performs in 80 Foots, Chicagos only End Times Vocal Trio. Emmy is also a singer and songwriter with Opera-Matic in the parks on Chicagos northwest side, and with John Szymanski in the Monthly Music Club. Recent performance work includes A Memory Palace of Fear with Theater Oobleck, Erica Motts Trials and Trails at Steelworkers Park, Baudelaire in a Box with Theatre Oobleck, and The Carter Family Family Show with the Neo-Futurists. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Vanessa S. Valliere is a performer who uses elements of clown work and puppetry to create original shows. She has toured nationally as a solo performer and was also part of a clown ensemble for Tour De Fat from 2011-2016. Vanessa has performed at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival (2015 & 2017), and her full-length solo shows have been presented by Pivot Arts in Chicago and DragonCon in Atlanta. She plays Ada in Ada/Ava with Manual Cinema, an internationally touring cinematic shadow puppetry company, and is one of the ensemble members of their production of The End of TV, a new work that was awarded a National Theater Project & Creation Touring Grant. Vanessa is a co-devisor and touring performer with Theater Unspeakables The American Revolution and is a proud nerd-cheerleader for Mucca Pazza, a thirty-piece circus punk marching band. She was the recipient of a 3Arts Make a Wave grant in 2017.
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Colvin House and Chicago Filmmakers (View)
5940 N. Sheridan Rd / 5720 N. Ridge Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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