Writer Martha Bayne Interviews Emmy Bean + Vanessa Valliere

by | May 20, 2018
Writer Martha Bayne Interviews Emmy Bean + Vanessa Valliere

On June 2 and 3 Vanessa Valliere’s 15-minute The Life and Times of Terry — the tale of one woman’s search for love through clowning, puppetry, and other media — serves as a curtain opener for Emmy Bean’s You’re His Child, a one-woman exploration of religion, family, and song. We asked them a few questions […]

Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) bring a mountain to life before our very eyes!

by | Apr 25, 2018
Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) bring a mountain to life before our very eyes!

Imagine theater in geologic time. Or a stage in the sky. In their mellow meditation on the life cycle of a mountain, the Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) upend our usual expectations of time and space. To the softly-spoken incantation of a litany by Kirk Lynn, they construct a magical mountain before our very eyes, using […]

You Can Only Experience This Here.

by | Apr 16, 2018
You Can Only Experience This Here.

I’m delighted to tell you that the Pivot Arts Festival takes a major leap forward in our sixth year. We are presenting the nationally celebrated theater company, Rude Mechs, from Austin, Texas, for their Chicago premiere. The festival includes ground-breaking artists whose work you would not have the opportunity to see in Chicago’s more traditional […]

We’re Still Here.

by | Jan 11, 2018
We’re Still Here.

After white supremacists marched in Charlottesville last August, Quenna Barret and I got together to talk. As a Jewish person, a Black person — as any compassionate person who cares about equity– we found this display of overt racism and bigotry disturbing, to say the least. We decided we wanted to cultivate an artistic space […]

World Premiere at Pivot Arts

by | Sep 18, 2017
World Premiere at Pivot Arts

Pivot Arts is thrilled to announce the World Premiere of DON’T LOOK BACK/MUST LOOK BACK, an immersive performance experience about residents of Uptown, many of who arrived in Chicago as refugees. The show continues our initiative started by THE MEMORY TOUR last year to create site-specific works where audiences participate in unique experiences. Details below! […]

Pivot Arts presents Los Hombres Perdidos!

by | Jul 13, 2017
Pivot Arts presents Los Hombres Perdidos!

In partnership with the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Pivot Arts presents Los Hombres Perdidos, a Latin music band, on Friday, July 28 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in front of Mas Alla del Sol and Ras Dashen 5848 – 46 N. Broadway Street. This event is part of Edgewater Night Out. Los Hombres Perdidos is the […]

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Pivot Arts

by | Jun 20, 2017
National Endowment for the Arts Awards Pivot Arts

Pivot Arts is thrilled to announce that the more than $82 million awarded for arts projects nationwide in the National Endowment for The Arts’ second round for FY17 includes a $12,000 Art Works grant awarded to Pivot Arts. As a four year-old organization, Pivot Arts only recently became eligible to apply to the NEA for funding, and this national recognition […]

Pivot Arts Festival Brings Us Together

by | Jun 8, 2017
Pivot Arts Festival Brings Us Together

While an arts festival may not seem like an obvious way to solve Chicago’s problems, it’s a start. The festival has brought people together who live on opposite ends of our city and rarely meet. We’ve heard powerful stories from each other, we’ve paraded with large puppets and we’ve come together as a community in […]

Meet the Festival Artists: Barrel of Monkeys

by | Jun 1, 2017
Meet the Festival Artists: Barrel of Monkeys

Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an ensemble of actor/educators who create an alternative learning environment in which children share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. BOM accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of children’s stories. BOM also engages the broader community in support of the visions of children […]

Meet the Festival Artists: Same Planet Performance Project

by | Jun 1, 2017
Meet the Festival Artists: Same Planet Performance Project

Same Planet Performance Project is a contemporary-based repertory company that presents the work of its Artistic Director and other choreographers, both established and emerging. The company strives to present choreography that can support a humanistic voice while remaining in the physical world where dance is the primary ingredient; using the full moving body for expression. The […]