CURRENT BIOGRAPHY is a queer performance collaborative helmed by Corey Smith and Ashley Hollingshead, dedicated to exploring new ways of creating performance. Drawing on their background as theatre makers and musicians, Corey and Ashley make work that is fun and genre-defying. Their work utilizes techniques such as juxtaposition, humor, movement created by non-dancer bodies, and non-linear structures. They are committed to making pieces that are vulnerable and real, with an eye toward accessibility. They work to create a space for audiences to interpret and create their own experience with the piece. CURRENT BIOGRAPHY is inspired by makers as diverse as Laurie Anderson, Mary Zimmerman, the Neofuturists, Bruce Springsteen, and of Montreal. Their work is created through improvisation, free-writing, found text, wild dancing, sharing personal moments, and a sense of play. CURRENT BIOGRAPHY creates work that is non-narrative, non-linear, and all-fun.
Alex Hovi and Jiana Estes
Jiana and Alex met while attending college in Florida. Their work together usually involves pop culture and looped choruses. They share an interest in devising new theatrical performances and are both a part of Hot Kitchen, a Chicago based collective.
two new performances by two different pairs.
dancing, balloons, + more
JUST WANT TO TRY YOU ON by CURRENT BIOGRAPHY (COREY SMITH & ASHLEY HOLLINGSHEAD)
two performers struggle the with shifting visibility/invisibility of their queer identities, the degree to which radio hits have influenced them, how to be sexy,all while trying to fit their whole fist in their mouth.
BIG GIRL STUFF
by JIANA ESTES & ALEX HOVI
about the bachelor and waiting for the popcorn to pop