4th Annual Festival Announced!

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016
4th Annual Festival Announced!

Pivot Arts is pleased to announce its 4th annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, featuring dozens of innovative performances and multi-disciplinary works throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods from June 2 – June 12, 2016. The ten-day Festival showcasing some of Chicago’s top artistic innovators will feature live music, theater, dance, children’s performances, workshops, discussions, wine tastings and more. The […]

Festival Kick-Off Party

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016
Festival Kick-Off Party

Join Pivot Arts for a sneak peek of this year’s Festival at the official Preview Party on Wednesday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Andersonville’s hottest new restaurant, Cantina 1910 (located at 5025 N. Clark St. in Chicago). Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door and include Cantina’s authentic Mexican farm-to-table […]

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Posted by on May 12, 2015
Early Bird Gets the Worm

Are you planning on coming to some of our events during our opening weekend? Well now you can see them for even less! For a limited time only, we are offering a $5 Off Discount for shows on May 29th-May 31st! This means you could see a show for as little as $5! Check out […]

A Night Full of Regrets

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015
A Night Full of Regrets

Everyone has regrets – those moments we wish had never happened, the things we’ve said we immediately want to take back. But when do we get the chance to share those regrets? Last night at our Sadness Show, we gave people that chance. Amidst the ironically sad stories being told and songs being sung, we […]

Turning Tragedy into Comedy

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015
Turning Tragedy into Comedy

Alex Kumin, Pivot Arts performer and stand up comedian, discusses comedy as a way of coping with sadness with Pivot Arts Assistant Producer, Meg Sutter. MS: Let’s start with the basics. How did you get into stand up comedy? AK: A few years ago a friend of mine suggested I take an improv class over at Second […]

Mixing the Comic with the Morbid

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014
Mixing the Comic with the Morbid

Vanessa Valliere, Pivot Arts performer and clown artist, talks about what influences her work with Pivot Arts Director, Julieanne Ehre. JE: So, let’s get right to it.  Your work involves a lot of dolls.  Where did that inspiration come from? VV: The first professional solo show I ever made was actually inspired by a very 50s looking […]

Performing Sadness

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014
Performing Sadness

Tanya Palmer, Pivot Artistic Associate and Director of New Plays at the Goodman Theatre, talks about her idea for a Sadness Show with Pivot Arts Director, Julieanne Ehre. JE: What prompted you to want to create a Sadness Show? TP: I’ve always been into sad things — you know, Emo music, Sylvia Plath poetry, depressing […]

Pop Up Performance Space – Angela T. Spinazze

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013
Pop Up Performance Space – Angela T. Spinazze

In the spirit of many similar ventures that have taken place across the city since before the days of the WPA in neighborhoods as far flung as Bronzeville, Pilsen, Humboldt Park, Pullman, and Bridgeport, a small group of friends and neighbors came together and converted a defunct cleaners in Buena Park into a temporary home […]

Excerpt from “Getting to the Delicate Hour” – Molly Shanahan

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013
Excerpt from “Getting to the Delicate Hour” – Molly Shanahan

This full article appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of “Backstage”, a publication of The Dance Center of Columbia College. In December of 2010, I spent a week working alone at Silo, a dance residency/space in rural Pennsylvania where my days unfolded with a fluid and non-routine series of rituals– long movement explorations in the […]

Modern Silent Cinema – Sarah Fornace

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013
Modern Silent Cinema – Sarah Fornace

Manual Cinema is excited about performing at the inaugural Pivot Multi-Arts Festival, and we are beyond excited about performing at Uptown’s Essanay Studios. What better place to present live silent cinema than the former studio of Charlie Chaplin!? Also, we are thrilled to share a bill with the illustrious Theater Oobleck (of whom we at Manual […]