Meet the Artists: Isaac Gomez and Nancy Garcia Loza

| Jun 3, 2019
Meet the Artists: Isaac Gomez and Nancy Garcia Loza

Isaac Gomez and Nancy Garcia Loza are two of Chicago’s leading artists. In fact, they’ve both been named to Newcity Stage’s 2019 Hall of Fame list. Together they’ve teamed up to curate Girasol at the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival, a one night only celebration featuring all Latinx artists on Friday, June 7. Marketing manager Alexa Erbach spoke with […]

Let’s Talk About Representation

| May 30, 2019
Let’s Talk About Representation

Pivot Arts and About Face Theatre present Discussion with Artists: Intersectionality and Representation on Stage June 8 at 4:30pm immediately following Gilgamesh and Enkidu Edge Theater Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa FREE EVENT! Artistic Director of About Face Theatre, Megan Carney, moderates a discussion with AFT Artistic Associate Sheldon Brown and Gilgamesh artists Ahmed Moneka, Jesse LaVercombe, and director […]

Meet the Artists: “Gilgamesh and Enkidu”

| May 23, 2019
Meet the Artists: “Gilgamesh and Enkidu”

Chicago playwright/director Seth Bockley teams up with musician/actor Ahmed Moneka (U.S. Debut) and Toronto-based actor/writer Jesse LaVercombe for the World Premiere of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. This powerful piece with live Arabic music, runs Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 as part of the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival. The three artists share their experiences with Marketing […]

A World Premiere and U.S. Debut

| May 15, 2019
A World Premiere and U.S. Debut

Pivot Arts is thrilled to present the World Premiere production of Gilgamesh and Enkidu by Seth Bockley, Jesse LaVercombe, and Ahmed Moneka in his U.S. debut! This original adaptation of the epic story of Gilgamesh is a fusion of physical theater, intimate storytelling and live Arabic style “maqam” music that highlights Moneka’s own exile from […]

Meet the Artist: Erin Kilmurray

| May 11, 2019
Meet the Artist: Erin Kilmurray

Erin Kilmurray’s newest work, Search Party, premieres in the Pivot Arts Festival on June 6, 8 and 9. She discusses the work and her inspirations with Alexa Erbach, Marketing Manager, below. AE: You describe Search Party as “a live dance work that exists somewhere between the dance floor of a nightclub and a sports arena” […]

Meet the Artist: Brittany Harlin

| Apr 29, 2019
Meet the Artist: Brittany Harlin

Brittany Harlin brings her world premiere of Don’t Forget Your Mother June 6 and 8 to the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival. Alexa Erbach, Pivot Arts marketing manager, interviewed Harlin about the piece, its development and the exciting elements involved. AE: You describe Don’t Forget Your Mother as a choreographic memoir dedicated to your mothers on Earth and ancestors […]

Meet the Artist: Ayako Kato

| Apr 22, 2019
Meet the Artist: Ayako Kato

Ayako Kato performs To the Shore: ETHOS Episode I June 1 and 2 at the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival. Alexa Erbach, Pivot Arts marketing manager, interviewed Kato about her new work, which takes the audience on a transformative journey to the beach. AE: Much of your work is influenced by “a Japanese view of nature” and […]

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 […]