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VITAL SPARK NORTH is an interdisciplinary performance duo that features the collaborative work of choreographer and visual artist Erika Lawlor Schmidt and composer and pianist Gary Schmidt . Together, they have been creating work since 1995 that integrates dance, physical theater, music /soundscape, kinetic sculpture and video. Their projects have been produced throughout the US and Europe. Vital Spark North performances may also be created for larger ensembles through student or community based projects and workshops.
Vital Spark's projects explore and stimulate an exchange of ideas and methods that may challenge conventional concepts of theater. Through a unique fusion of performing and visual arts, Vital Spark presents a charged artistic vision that creates a memorable and visceral journey for the viewer.
Vital Spark's performance projects are produced in traditional theater venues as well as in museums, galleries, and performance festivals. Erika has received numerous awards and commissions for her work with Vital Spark.
Erika Lawlor Schmidt is a visual and performing artist whose work is shaped by investigations into Eastern thought yet informed by concepts within the contemporary art conversation. Erika received her formal dance training in Chicago, lll. and earned her M.F.A. in Art from University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her unique approach to art and performance.
Gary Schmidt pianist and composer received his M.M. from the University of Illinois in Champagne - Urbana, Ill. He has composed numerous original soundscapes for Vital Spark North and musical scores for traditional ensembles as well as electronic media. As a pianist he performs a wide range of musical styles including his own compositions of which he has produced 2 CD's "Channels of light" and "Meditations for solo piano".Vital Spark's performance projects include:
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