Stacy Lynn Smith | Gibney
Week of July 17, 2019
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Stacy Lynn Smith

Stacy Lynn Smith

Stacy Lynn Smith is a biracial/Black performance artist/director/choreographer specializing in butoh, contemporary dance and experimental theater, creating work through a unique lens of “other”. Her solo work, “TURN”, “The Birthday Party”, “The Waves Don’t Mind”, is a hybrid of dance, theater, performance art and ritual. She was a principal butoh dancer and company teacher with Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute from 2008-2017. Career highlights include: landing the title role as soloist for vocal performance artist Anna Homler’s cult favorite, “Breadwoman” (reoccurring), being chosen by choreographer Karen Bernard to reperform her 1993 contemporary solo piece, “Footsteps on the…” and having Cameron Stuart, director/writer of experimental theater company, Saints of an Unnamed Country, write an original role just for her, where she performed as The Maid Whose Name is Not Appearing in this Script in “Haunted House”, a six hour durational play which she also choreographed. She produced, directed and performed with a butoh collective for designer Thaddeus O’Neil’s AW ‘15 fashion show, which was featured on vogue.com’s “6 Things We Loved at New York Fashion Week” and has enjoyed collaborating with filmmaker Josephine Decker on two films, “The Story is the Body” and “The Mask Task”. She was in residency at The Watermill Center in 2010 for a film collaboration, “Harbor” with Steven Vega. She has performed/created work featured at MoMA PS1, Princeton University, Art Basel Miami, Brooklyn Museum, Secret Project Robot, Milk Studios, Glasshouse ArtLifeLab, Dixon Place, House of Yes, The Judson Church, Museum of Sex, Dance Mission Theater (CA), Centre Culturel Bertin Poiree (FR) and many others.