Janet Schmid


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Independent choreographer Janet Schmid has been called “an outsider artist with a naive sophistication,” “refreshingly off the map,” and “simultaneously intense and ludicrous.” Her installation based choreography relies on the akimbo grace of people placed in hybrid manmade/natural environments. Often audience participants are asked for concise unselfconscious interaction with her work. She has presented her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Elastic Arts Foundation, Food & Performance, the Out of Site Public Performance Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Spareroom, Happy Dog Gallery, Links Hall and Defibrillator Gallery. Schmid has received a Links Hall LinkUP performing artist’s residency and a Chicago Cultural Center DanceBridge choreographer’s residency. She has performed in the Chicago community casts of Meredith Monk’s Mercy, White Oak Dance Project’s Past Forward, Liz Lerman’s The Matter of Origins and Katsura Kan’s Curious Fish, and has performed for local choreographers Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Ayako Kato, Asimina Chremos, 3 Card Molly, Jessica Hannah, Julie Rae Antonic and Matthew Hollis. Film credits include appearing in Daniele Wilmouth’s Super 16mm dance film, Fanfare for Marching Band, choreographed by Peter Carpenter, and zombie movement development for John Cusack’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell.


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