Janet Schmid

LinkUP 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 performances and pedestrian choreography ask for unselfconscious audience interaction. She has presented her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Elastic Arts Foundation, Happy Dog Gallery, The Out of Site Public Performance Festival, Food & Performance, Defibrillator Gallery, the Spareroom, and Links Hall. She has performed with Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Ayako Kato, Asimina Chremos, 3 Card Molly, and in the Chicago 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. 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. Currently you’re more likely to see her in CCMs at the McFetridge Ice Rink or working on some stellar typography than at a dance studio.