Meet the Artist- Chicago Fringe Opera and BraveSoul Movement

| Apr 17, 2019
Meet the Artist- Chicago Fringe Opera and BraveSoul Movement

The Rosina Project, an electric, modern-day reimagining of Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville, performs as part of Pivot Arts’ 2019 Festival May 31- June 2. Alexa Erbach, Pivot Arts marketing manager, interviewed George Cederquist (Artistic Director, Chicago Fringe Opera) and BRAVEMONK and Kelsa (Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors, BraveSoul Movement) about their exciting collaboration. The Project was originally developed in the […]

The 7th Annual Pivot Arts Festival!

| Apr 3, 2019
The 7th Annual Pivot Arts Festival!

The Pivot Arts Festival is now in its 7th year! This dynamic celebration of contemporary performance entertains audiences from May 31 to June 9 with innovative dance, theater, live music and genre-defying works. Tickets are now on sale, don’t wait until they’re sold out at pivotarts.org/festival. What’s new this year is that for the first […]

Work with Us!

| Feb 6, 2019
Work with Us!

Want to make the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival happen? We are currently hiring seasonal staff! Pivot Arts is looking for both a Production Manager and we are also hiring a Marketing Manager. If you are an enthusiastic, organized person with excellent communication skills, see below for both position descriptions. Then send a cover letter, resume […]

Meet the Artist – Sara Zalek

| Oct 11, 2018
Meet the Artist – Sara Zalek

Sara Zalek’s trio Les Chanteuses du Rien performs as part of Pivot Arts’ Charged Spaces/Changing Bodies October 11-14. Following is a brief interview with Sara by Pivot Arts director, Julieanne Ehre. JE: Butoh has been a huge influence on your artistic practice. Could you explain to our audiences who may not be familiar with the […]

Meet the Artist – Carole McCurdy

| Oct 3, 2018
Meet the Artist – Carole McCurdy

Following is a conversation between curator, Peter Taub, and artist, Carole McCurdy. Her work Five Stud Stud takes place as part of Pivot Arts’ Charged Spaces/Changing Bodies performance Oct. 11-14. PT: Carole, for the Pivot Arts program of Charged Spaces/Changing Bodies you’re performing your newest piece Five Stud Stud.  I’m struck by the charged political, racial […]

Meet the Artist – Anna Martine Whitehead

| Sep 24, 2018
Meet the Artist – Anna Martine Whitehead

Anna Martine Whitehead’s work Notes On Territory appears as part of Pivot Arts’ upcoming site-specific show, Charged Spaces/Changing Bodies. Below Martine discusses her artistic process with Pivot Arts’ Director, Julieanne Ehre. JE: You describe yourself as a “transdisciplinary artist.” What does that mean in terms of your individual practice? AMW: I began using this term […]

Writer Martha Bayne Interviews Emmy Bean + Vanessa Valliere

| 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!

| 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.

| 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.

| 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 […]