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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

* Festival LaunchFestival Launch

Time: 8:00 pm

Come celebrate with us at the opening of our 2018 Pivot Arts Festival! We’re partnering with community organization FLATS Studio to bring you a mix of live music, eclectic performances, and a DJ who’ll keep the dance floor thumping. Event ends at 10pm as a segue to your night out!

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

* Celebrate Community! ParadeCelebrate Community! Parade

Time: 3:00 pm

Join us for the 4th Annual Pivot Arts “Celebrate Community!” Parade! This event brings our neighborhood, arts, and greater Chicago communities together in celebration of our diversity and uniqueness. So come march with us and feel free to bring your costumes, decorated bikes, puppets, music, banners, t-shirts… or just bring yourself! Participating groups include: Asian Human Services, CircEsteem, Barrel of Monkeys, Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop, Iraqi Mutual Aid Association, Storytown Improv, Rogers Park Montessori School, Walkabout Theater and more! Our parade culminates with a performance by Walkabout with design elements from the renowned Studio Gang architectural firm and interactive workshops at Senn Park Playlot that are fun for the whole family.

* The New Prairie SchoolThe New Prairie School

Time: 7:00 pm

Equal parts architectural tour, immersive theater, and musical performance, The New Prairie School at the Colvin House invites audience members on a fantastical journey through an historic Sheridan Road Mansion. Guides sing, speak, gesticulate, and gyrate their way through the Colvin House. Along the way, their strange and beautiful performance becomes a reclaiming of Midwestern radicalism, a love song to the people and the buildings of Chicago. Writer/Director/Choreographer/Composer: Corey Smith with Ethan T. Parcell and Claire Saxe Performers: Ethan T. Parcell, Claire Saxe, Corey Smith

* You're His ChildYou're His Child

Time: 9:00 pm

You’re His Child is a heartfelt exploration of religion, family, and song. Through live music, sound, and her performative interaction with archival recordings, actor Emmy Bean engages the history of her great-grandfather—a kitchen-table hymn singer from rural Missouri—telling stories about family and music through his voice and her own. Bean’s performance begins immediately following Vanessa Valliere’s 15 minute opener The Life and Times of Terry.

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

* The New Prairie SchoolThe New Prairie School

Time: 4:00 pm

Equal parts architectural tour, immersive theater, and musical performance, The New Prairie School at the Colvin House invites audience members on a fantastical journey through an historic Sheridan Road Mansion. Guides sing, speak, gesticulate, and gyrate their way through the Colvin House. Along the way, their strange and beautiful performance becomes a reclaiming of Midwestern radicalism, a love song to the people and the buildings of Chicago. Writer/Director/Choreographer/Composer: Corey Smith with Ethan T. Parcell and Claire Saxe Performers: Ethan T. Parcell, Claire Saxe, Corey Smith

* You're His ChildYou're His Child

Time: 7:00 pm

You’re His Child is a heartfelt exploration of religion, family, and song. Through live music, sound, and her performative interaction with archival recordings, actor Emmy Bean engages the history of her great-grandfather—a kitchen-table hymn singer from rural Missouri—telling stories about family and music through his voice and her own. Bean’s performance begins immediately following Vanessa Valliere’s 15 minute opener The Life and Times of Terry.

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

* Broad NightBroad Night

Time: 7:30 pm

Broad Night kicks off with a showing from This Boat Called My Body, a play inspired by stories from adolescents seeking abortions, and a preview of the web series The Doula Is In. Following, there will be an open discussion about abortion access for youth and the impact of parental consent laws in Illinois. Katy Collins, both doula and performer, will field questions about pregnancy and women’s health. This Boat Called My Body draws on stories the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health has collected from youth across the state about their abortion experiences. A full-length, site-specific piece replete with spectacle, movement, opera, and interaction with water, the play asks tough questions. What are the troubled waters that young women navigate when seeking abortions? And, conversely, who and what helps sail them to safety?

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

* WHAT'S NEXTWHAT'S NEXT

Time: 7:00 pm

Join us for a preview of works-in-progress from our Performing Arts Incubator Program at Loyola University. The Incubator Program provides artists with the necessary time and space to develop work that blurs the boundaries between music, dance, theater, and other arts. Choreographer and dancer Anna Martine Whitehead premieres Notes On Territory, a transdisciplinary movement piece framed in the guise of a PowerPoint presentation on the history of containment architecture—prison, fort, public housing, and cathedral architecture. Beyond movement, her work uses video, sound, and lighting to create a 4D installation space housing the lectern of the dancing body. Central to Territory is a sense of language-play and translation. Transposing gothic cathedral and colonial fort architecture onto heartland American modernist buildings and prisons, it endeavors to expose the global, colonial, and imperial nature of these structures through intended and unintended mistranslation. New Orleans-based artists Shannon Stewart (choreographer/dancer) and Aurora Nealand (composer/musician) present Hysteria and the Body Electric. A movement opera, Hysteria focuses thematically on the concepts (and realities) of gendered movement, gendered sound, and media messaging in contemporary American culture.

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

* Rude Mechs (Austin, TX)Rude Mechs (Austin, TX)

Time: 7:30 pm

Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) has performed in major venues throughout the country. This is their Chicago premiere! Since 1996, the Rude Mechs theatre collective has created a genre-averse slate of 26 theatrical productions that represent a cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common is the use of play to make performance, the use of theaters as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as tool for intellectual investigation. Not Every Mountain is a mellow meditation on change, permanence, and our place in the natural world. In this piece, Rude Mechs gathers to build a mountain using pulleys, cranks, magnets and string. With original landscapes designed by Thomas Graves, original soundscapes and music by Peter Stopschinski, and a meditative litany by Kirk Lynn, Not Every Mountain is a presentation of the life cycle of mountains and the processes by which they are born and eventually laid to rest, an invocation of tectonic force and geologic time.

* The? Unicorn? Hour?The? Unicorn? Hour?

Time: 9:00 pm

Inspired by childhood favorites Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Pee-wee’s Playhouse, The? Unicorn? Hour? is a creative experiment in which Team Awesome—writers Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser of the Neo-Futurists ensemble—invite you into a magical atmosphere of unrestrained joy and playfulness. Get ready to say “yes” to the radical power of an unbridled lifting of the spirit! Writers: Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser Directors: Adrian Danzig and Anne Kreitman

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* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

* Rude Mechs (Austin, TX)Rude Mechs (Austin, TX)

Time: 7:30 pm

Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) has performed in major venues throughout the country. This is their Chicago premiere! Since 1996, the Rude Mechs theatre collective has created a genre-averse slate of 26 theatrical productions that represent a cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common is the use of play to make performance, the use of theaters as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as tool for intellectual investigation. Not Every Mountain is a mellow meditation on change, permanence, and our place in the natural world. In this piece, Rude Mechs gathers to build a mountain using pulleys, cranks, magnets and string. With original landscapes designed by Thomas Graves, original soundscapes and music by Peter Stopschinski, and a meditative litany by Kirk Lynn, Not Every Mountain is a presentation of the life cycle of mountains and the processes by which they are born and eventually laid to rest, an invocation of tectonic force and geologic time.

* The? Unicorn? Hour?The? Unicorn? Hour?

Time: 9:00 pm

Inspired by childhood favorites Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Pee-wee’s Playhouse, The? Unicorn? Hour? is a creative experiment in which Team Awesome—writers Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser of the Neo-Futurists ensemble—invite you into a magical atmosphere of unrestrained joy and playfulness. Get ready to say “yes” to the radical power of an unbridled lifting of the spirit! Writers: Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser Directors: Adrian Danzig and Anne Kreitman

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* WHAT'S NEXTWHAT'S NEXT

Pivot Arts Festival closes with two additional showings of What’s Next from our Performing Arts Incubator Program at Loyola University: Ginger Krebs Performance Project and Chicago Fringe Opera. The Incubator Program provides artists with the necessary time and space to develop work that blurs the boundaries between music, dance, theater, and other arts. Chicago Fringe Opera presents The Rossini Project Chicago Fringe Opera—called “the city’s alt-opera company” by the Chicago Tribune—is dedicated to producing artistically excellent and innovative productions of operatic works written in English that stimulate, engage, and empower a diverse community of artists and audiences alike. CFO is developing a new show, The Rossini Project, adapting the music and story of Gioachino Rossini’s classic opera The Barber of Seville and transforming it into a hip hop dance party. The project features live opera singers, MCs, DJs, and breakdancers. Ginger Krebs Performance Project presents Escapes and Reversals Ginger Krebs is a dancemaker, performer, and visual artist who’s shown work recently at The Arts Club of Chicago, Loyola University, the Chicago Artists Coalition, DCASE’s Storefront Theater, and Hyde Park Art Center. She was awarded a MAP Fund grant for innovation in live performance in 2015, and her 2016 performance Buffer Overrun was chosen for the Chicago Tribune’s Best dance of 2016. Krebs is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

* Ice Cream and ImprovIce Cream and Improv

Time: 11:00 am

Start your day off on the right foot with Ice Cream and Improv! Bring the kids! Our annual tradition marking the final day of the Pivot Arts Festival features Storytown Improv—where kids design the setting and help shape the story—and delicious custard and sweets for purchase at Lickity Split.

* Pivot Arts FestivalPivot Arts Festival

Time: 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Pivot Arts Festival, an all-out celebration of genre-defying performance! This year’s festival features the Chicago premiere of Austin Texas-based theatre collective Rude Mechs along with a lineup of top artistic innovators in music, dance, and theater from Chicago and beyond.

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June 1-10, 2018
The Pivot Arts Festival