June 11 8:00 pm

Pivot Arts and IN/MOTION present short dance films by Nora Sharp and Grace McCants; Wills Glasspiegel; Rena Butler with Talia Koylass; and MOMENTA.

Saturday, June 11 | 8pm
The Edge Theater 5451 N. Broadway Street, Chicago


Nora Sharp and Grace McCants

The Real Dance, Episode 2: Same Same But Different, co-created and co-directed by Nora Sharp and Grace McCants. The Real Dance: A Micro Reality TV Show, Episode 1, commissioned by and premiered in virtual space as part of the 2021 Pivot Arts Festival, is an intimate, humorous portrayal of the personalities and backstories of contemporary dancemakers and their collaborators. Episode 2 explores the dynamics of codependency and interdependence at the intersection of relationships and artmaking.

Wills Glasspiegel

Glass Pictures presents Lonely, a film by Wills Glasspiegel; music by Jana Rush and DJ Paypal; dance by Erin Kilmurray, Darling Shear, Steelo Lofton, and Diamond Hardiman; produced by Planet Mu. Lonely portrays dancers in slow motion at night along a deserted Lower Wacker Drive and the Chicago River. An artist and filmmaker, Glasspiegel recently created Footnotes, a video projection for Art on theMART featured in the New York Times and dubbed 2021’s “public art of the year” by TimeOut.

Rena Butler with Talia Koylass

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Motion/Pictures Dance Project presents A Tale of Two, a film by Rena Butler co-directed with Talia Koylass. Bursting with emotional, intellectual, and artistic tension, this new work is at once Butler’s love letter to her home city of Chicago and a riveting portrait of life as a young person in a city torn by violence. This dance film features the full company of Hubbard Street Dancers, plus collaborations with composer Darryl Hoffman, and vocalists Shawnee Dez and Alencia Norris.

MOMENTA Dance Company

In collaboration with Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, this site-specific work was created as an artistic outlet and an employment opportunity for dancers during the pandemic and the height of quarantine. Filmed one at a time, MOMENTA dancers layered the pieces together in the post-production process. Unity Temple was specifically chosen as the backdrop of the piece and was filmed at dusk so the dancers could highlight the way Frank Lloyd Wright illuminated his architectural masterpiece. Directed by Sarah Najera (she/her), choreographed by Mei-Kuang Chen (she/her), with music by Antonin Dvorak, and video & editing by Joe Kreml (he/him).