Part poetic architecture tour, part immersive theater, part musical performance, “Essay on the Emil Bach House” leads audiences through the Emil Bach House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Rogers Park owned by TAWANI Enterprises. Boldly unconventional, the performance dissects Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas of organic architecture with humor, theatrical experimentation, and an original musical score, performed by musicians staged throughout the house.
“Essay on the Emil Bach House” tells the story of the house, the architect, the neighborhood, and the region that holds them. This intimate, strange, and beautiful performance is a reclaiming of Midwestern radicalism, a love song to the buildings and the people of flyover country, and a chance to experience a Wright house in an entirely new light.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 – Tours depart at 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9pm.
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 – Tours depart at 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9pm.
The Emil Bach House / 7415 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626
$10 (incomes under $30k)
$15 (incomes $30k-50k)
$25 (incomes above $50k)
*** Tickets are extremely limited! ***
*** Tour groups are restricted to twelve audience members at a time! ***
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.
About the artist:
Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer based in Chicago, Illinois. He works in a hybridized performance style — a mixture of original music, text, and movement. Corey has been an artist in residence at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. He is a 2017 and 2018 grantee of the City of Chicago’s Individual Artist Program as well as a 2018 recipient of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His work has been seen at Links Hall, the Detroit Fringe Festival, and numerous venues around the American Midwest.
He is an avid collaborator and has worked in various capacities as sound designer, assistant director, performer, composer, and/or devisor for artists such as Every House Has A Door, Rough House Puppet Theater Company, the Suburban Piano Quartet, director Lindsey Barlag-Thornton, and many others. Most recent collaborative credits include works performed at the Bath Fringe Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, Co-Prosperity Sphere, McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, and Roman/Susan.
He studied at the University of Michigan with Kristin Kuster, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, and Holly Hughes. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud midwesterner. More information is available online at coreyds.com.
About TAWANI Enterprises
A visionary umbrella organization with an entrepreneurial outlook, TAWANI Enterprises seeks to make private investments that connect people to the history in their midst and create opportunities for growth and knowledge, while forging stronger, healthier communities. The company represents a diversified portfolio of brands, such as the Stone Heritage Collection, TAWANI’s hospitality arm of thoughtfully designed lodging and event spaces, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the TAWANI Foundation and the Pritzker Military Foundation. Properties under the Stone Heritage Collection include Lang House, The Emil Bach House, Mayne Stage and The Lincoln Way Inn. For more information, visit http://www.tawanienterprises.com.