Bring It Home 2021-22: Mark Schmidt & Remi Harris

Mark Schmidt and Remi Harris

Year: 2021-2022
DanceForce Member: Lois Welk
Artists: Remi Harris, Mark Schmidt
Community Partners: Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes; City of Corning Dept of Parks and Recreation; Meghan O’Toole
Audience: 267
County: Steuben

Mark Schmidt, originally from Schuyler County, and his collaborator Remi Harris will animate a new open-air public performance space in Corning NY, in September 2021, with a free-admission dance performance followed by a community dance party.

Building on a preliminary residency with the artists in 2019 (Bring It Home 2019), the goals of this project are to stage a live performance, share the artists’ creative practice with regional performers, provide a social dance experience that honors the place of house music/club dance in GLBTQI history and supports the launch of a new fresh-air venue in Corning NY- the skating rink at Civic Center Plaza. The venue can accommodate a large and safely- spaced crowd. This proposal is contingent on acceptance by the local team working on programming the launch.

As artists that use improvisation along with set choreographic material, Mark and Remi will create and share a movement score with five or more participating regional dance artists, five or more local high school students and five or more university students, accompanied by two local collaborating musicians. Prior to the event, the movement material and the score will be taught virtually to all the the participants. When the performance ends, the lights shift, a DJ takes over and for the first time, in a very long time, people will be out dancing! Collective joy!

Mark Schmidt grew up in rural Schuyler County, a short drive from Corning NY, where he took his first dance class at 171 Cedar Arts Center. He is currently a professional dance artist based in Brooklyn NY. This will be the first time his work and his collaborators will be seen in his home community.

Our anticipated partners include: City of Corning Dept of Parks & Recreation, Meghan O’Toole (entrepreneur/creative place-making), Arts of Southern Finger Lakes, The Corning Pride Council, 171 Cedar Arts Center and others to be identified.