An Immersive Performance Experience
Directed by Devon de Mayo + Devised with Ensemble
Written by Tanya Palmer
October 20 – November 19, 2017
Fridays, Saturdays + Sundays at 7:30pm
An Intimate Experience for 16 People per showing.

Performance tours begin at Chinese Mutual Aid Association 1016 W. Argyle Street.

Pivot Arts is pleased to announce the world premiere of DON’T LOOK BACK/MUST LOOK BACK, a site-specific performance experience in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Audience members are taken on an immersive journey inspired by the stories and experiences of Uptown residents, many of who came to Chicago as refugees.

DON’T LOOK BACK/MUST LOOK BACK will feature Christopher Acevedo, Samantha Beach, Lucy Carapetyan, Phyllis Liu, Sarah Lo, Ashlyn Lozano, Edward Mawere and Jin Park.

The performance is inspired by stories of escape and loss from local residents who fled their countries and arrived here to make Uptown their home – and the systems and people that they’ve encountered along the way. Blending movement, images and storytelling, Don’t Look Back/Must Look Back brings audiences into the experience of making a home in a place where everything is unfamiliar and the sands are constantly shifting beneath your feet. The performance features images from photography exhibit WHEN HOME WON’T LET YOU STAY by photojournalist, James Bowey.

The production team includes Patricia Nguyen (associate director), John Blick (production manager), James Bowey (video + photographs), Connor Ciesil (sound designer), kClare McKellaston (costume designer), Justine B. Palmisano (stage manager), Adrian Shelton (production assistant), Giau Truong (lighting and installation designer) and Sammy Ziesel (assistant director).

This experience is ADA accessible. If you need assistance with sign language interpretation, please let us know in advance at info@pivotarts.org.

Don’t Look Back/Must Look Back is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, FLATS, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo by Michael Brosilow