Pivot Arts Festival

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Country and Region United StatesIllinois
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Chicago, Illinois, USA
Festival Contact Information

Pivot Arts
Phone: +01 773-609-0782
Email: info@pivotarts.org

Festival Description

Pivot Arts launches a new celebration of innovative theater, music and dance in unique and often historic spaces throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods. The inaugural PIVOT MULTI-ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 answers the City’s call for a reinvigorated Uptown Entertainment District by uniting artists, businesses and local organizations around multidisciplinary “pop-up” performances occurring in a former Vaudeville Theater, an at-one-time Charlie Chaplin film studio and other historic spaces throughout these communities.

Over three weeks, audiences will have the opportunity to attend performances, many of which blur the boundaries between theater, music and dance or use some combination of performance disciplines in their work. Programming includes: live music, theater, dance, puppetry, a community picnic and performances for children.

Festival Dates June 6 - 22, 2013
Festival Links

http://pivotarts.org/festival/

Festival Story:

Pivot Arts develops new work and presents performances throughout the year culminating in a large-scale, multi-arts festival. Our vision is that of a vibrant community where unique collaborations between artists, businesses and organizations leads to the support and creation of innovative performances. Pivot Arts was founded in September 2012. “We are thrilled to partner with Pivot Arts and contribute to making Uptown and Edgewater a continued destination for entertainment,” states Jay Michael, Chief Creative Officer of FLATS. “The Pivot Arts Festival is directly in line with FLATS Chicago’s mission to be a true community partner and foster an appreciation for the arts and culture.”

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Festival Events:

Schedule 2013:
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 6
    • ICE CREAM AND IMPROV
      4 pm LICKITY SPLIT
      6056 N. Broadway Avenue
      Interactive improv and storytelling for kids ages four and up at an old-fashioned sweet shop with Second City Alum, Jen Bills.
    • RE|Dance Group presents THE LONELY VISITORS
      Choreography by Michael Estanich
      8 pm Senn High School Auditorium
      5900 N. Glenwood Avenue
      The Lonely Visitors collides in a series of images to reveal both the whimsical and perfidious nature of the heart. This moving collection of 30 short episodes, performed by the eight members of RE|Dance Group, ponders the depths and desires of human longing. Senn High School is celebrating its “Centennial” anniversary and is part of the festival’s tour of historic spaces.
    • OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION
      9:30 pm BROADWAY CELLARS
      5900 N. Broadway Avenue
      Enjoy drinks and delectables at Broadway Cellars with fellow Pivot Festival revelers.
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 7
    • LIVE BANDS ON LAWN
      7 pm Senn High School Front Lawn
      5900 N. Glenwood Avenue
      Meet up on the lawn for free music and a bring-your-own picnic, early summer celebration.
    • RE|Dance Group presents THE LONELY VISITORS
      Choreography by Michael Estanich
      8 pm Senn High School Auditorium
      5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
      (see above description)
    • COMEDY NIGHT hosted by MOLLIE MERKEL
      11 pm Burke’s Public House
      5401 N. Broadway Avenue
      Funny lady Mollie Merkel brings together some of Chicago’s best comedic talent all to be enjoyed over drinks at Burke’s Pub.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 8
    • ART IN THE PARK(ING) LOT: A WEEKEND CELEBRATION AT FLATStheatre, FORMER VAUDEVILLE THEATER/ BANK
      1050 W. Wilson Avenue
      Performances throughout day for all ages include food and drink vendors, Jumping Jack and fun for the whole family. At night, historic theater doors open for music entertainment. Must be over 21 years old after 8 pm. Sponsored by Goose Island Catering & Events.
    • 10:30 am Chicago Architectural Foundation leads special Uptown Tour for Festival starting at FLATStheatre, historic vaudeville theater, 1050 W. Wilson Avenue
    • IN THE PARKING LOT:
      12 pm Parking lot opens with events for children and food/drink vendors
      1 pm Crooked Door Storytelling
      1:30 pm People’s Music School
      3 pm Storytown Improv
      5 pm REIDance Kids
      6 pm Music, Food and Drink
    • IN THE BANK BUILDING:
      8 pm Bank Building Opens with live music and food/beer for 21 years and up 10 pm — HEADLINER, MUCCA PAZZA, the 28-piece, punk marching band that thinks it’s a rock ‘n’ roll band and is known to incite mass dance outbreaks.
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 9
    • ART IN THE PARK(ING) LOT: A WEEKEND CELEBRATION AT FLATStheatre, FORMER VAUDEVILLE THEATER/BANK BUILDING
      1050 W. Wilson Avenue
    • IN THE PARKING LOT:
      12 pm Parking lot opens with events for children and food/drink vendors
      1 pm Live Music
      2 pm Alternatives Youth Breakdancers
      3 pm Music, Food and Drink
      7 pm Parking lot closes
    • IN THE BANK BUILDING:
      7 pm THE NEO-FUTURISTS presents THE CARTER FAMILY FAMILY SHOW
      Written and Directed by Chloe Johnston
      The Neo-Futurists present three solo pieces inspired by the lives of these musical pioneers, the original Carter family of country music. 8 pm Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
    • 
BACKROOM SHAKESPEARE PROJECT presents TAMING OF THE SHREW 
Some of Chicago’s brightest, young Shakespeare stars perform with no director and only one rehearsal making for an adventurous, spontaneous and irreverent take on the Bard.
  • MONDAY, JUNE 10 & TUESDAY, JUNE 11
    • PIVOT ARTS presents THE COFFEE HOUSE MUSIC/PLAYS
      Curated by Tanya Palmer
      7 pm 6/10 at Uncommon Ground
      1401 W. Devon Avenue
      7 pm 6/11 at venue TBA
      Tour local coffee houses throughout Edgewater and Uptown, while enjoying new work by exciting young writers from across the country. Director of New Plays at Goodman Theatre, Tanya Palmer, curates shorts by eight premiere playwrights including: Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, Alice Austen, Martin Zimmerman, Steve Moulds, Kristin Idaszak and others – all inspired by a piece of music around the theme of “home.”
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
    • 6018 NORTH and PIVOT ARTS present FUTURE OF ARTS IN EDGEWATER/UPTOWN
      7 pm 6018NORTH
      6018 N. Kenmore Avenue
      Former MCA Curator and director of 6018NORTH, Trisha Van Eyk, and Pivot Arts co-host discussion on the future of the arts in Uptown and Edgewater with local community leaders.
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 13 – SATURDAY, JUNE 15 AT 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, JUNE 16 AT 3 PM
    • 7:30 pm Manual Cinema and Theater Oobleck
      ESSANAY STUDIOS at ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE
      1333 – 45 W. Argyle Street
      Essanay Studios was an American motion picture studio founded in 1907 best known for its production of Charlie Chaplin Films in 1915. Both Manual Cinema and Theater Oobleck’s pieces are inspired by early film.
    • MANUAL CINEMA presents ADA/AVA.
      Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada solitarily marks time in the patterns of a life built for two. However, a traveling carnival and a trip to a mirror maze plunge her into a journey across the thresholds of life and death. Set in a landscape of the New England gothic, ADA/AVA uses a story of the fantastic and supernatural to explore mourning and melancholy, self and other. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic motifs, and live sound manipulation to create immersive theatrical stories.
    • THEATER OOBLECK presents POSSESSION: BAUDELAIRE IN A BOX, EPISODE #5.
      Baudelaire in a Box is a multi-year project setting the poems of Charles Baudelaire to music and performing them in the cantastoria style with original paintings. For Possession, Ronnie Kuller, Chris Schoen and Jeff Dorchen have each adapted five poems from Les Fleurs du mal with scrolls painted by Dave Buchen.
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 14
    • 7:30 pm MANUAL CINEMA presents ADA/AVA and THEATER OOBLECK presents POSSESSION: BAUDELAIRE IN A BOX, EPISODE #5.
      ESSANAY STUDIOS at ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE
      1333 – 45 W. Argyle Street
      See description above
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 15
    • 1 pm STORYTOWN IMPROV presents ICE CREAM AND IMPROV
      Francesca’s Bryn Mawr
      1039 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
      Complimentary gelato sundaes and ice cream floats combine with interactive performance for kids.
    • 7:30 pm MANUAL CINEMA presents ADA/AVA and THEATER OOBLECK presents POSSESSION: BAUDELAIRE IN A BOX, EPISODE #5.
      ESSANAY STUDIOS at ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE
      1333 – 45 W. Argyle St.
      See description above.
    • STEEP THEATER presents BACKYARD BBQ READING SERIES
      10:30 pm at Steep Theater
      1115 W. Berwyn Avenue
      One of Edgewater’s most exciting young theater companies, Steep Theater presents reading of new work accompanied by BBQ.
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 16
    • 3 pm MANUAL CINEMA presents ADA/AVA and THEATER OOBLECK presents POSSESSION: BAUDELAIRE IN A BOX, EPISODE #5.
      ESSANAY STUDIOS at ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE
      1333 – 45 W. Argyle Street
      See description above.
  • MONDAY, JUNE 17 AND TUESDAY, JUNE 18
    • PIVOT ARTS presents THE COFFEE HOUSE MUSIC/PLAYS
      Curated by Tanya Palmer
      7 pm 6/17 at Kitchen Sink Café
      1107 W. Berwyn Avenue
      7 pm 6/11 at venue to be announced
      See above description.
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
    • Jessica Thebus and Theater Oobleck present ROUGH MAGIC!
      Oobleck at 25: The Then and The Now
      7pm at National Pasttime Theater
      941 W. Lawrence Avenue
      Curated by Jessica Thebus, Performed by Theater Oobleck
      Theater Oobleck celebrates its 25th anniversary with an evening of “Rough Magic!” including excerpts from shows past and new pieces from Dave Buchen, Martha Bayne, Diana Slickman, and Mickle Maher, with songs by Chris Schoen.
      The ROUGH MAGIC series is the Chicago Theater Community’s celebration of creative abundance: one-night-only performances that provide an opportunity to learn about and give to local, national and international organizations who are practicing daring, inspired, creative innovation for good.
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 20
    • MOLLY SHANAHAN/MAD SHAK presents THE DELICATE HOUR
      Choreographed by Molly Shanahan
      7:30 pm Senn High School Auditorium
      5900 N. Glenwood Avenue
      The Delicate Hour is Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak’s most recent ensemble work for Shanahan, Kristina Fluty, Ben Law and Jessie Marasa. The evening-length work premiered to critical acclaim in 2012 at The Dance Center of Columbia College. TimeOut Chicago’s Zac Whittenburg described The Delicate Hour as ”… a next step in the evolution of a singular voice in Chicago performance…”
    • PIVOT ARTS and VINTAGE THEATER COLLECTIVE present THREE GRACES
      8:00 pm Berger Park
      6205 N. Sheridan Road
      Libretto by Ruth Margraff, music by Nikos Brisco and the Café Antarsia Ensemble band, directed by Kate Hendrickson.
      THREE GRACES blurs the boundaries between speaking and singing, concert and play.  Two blood brothers – Turk and Greek – wrestle the epic darkness of their fates at the end of the Ottoman Empire.  This panoramic Iliad for modern Greece is inspired by the Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel Freedom or Death, as well as the raw lyric passion of Greek blues and Cretan rebel songs.
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 21
    • MOLLY SHANAHAN/MAD SHAK presents THE DELICATE HOUR
      7:30 pm Senn High School Auditorium
      5900 N. Glenwood Avenue
      See description above.
    • PIVOT ARTS and VINTAGE THEATER COLLECTIVE present THREE GRACES
      8:00 pm Berger Park
      6205 N. Sheridan Road
      Libretto by Ruth Margraff, music by Nikos Brisco and the Café Antarsia Ensemble band, directed by Kate Hendrickson. See description above.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 22
    • DREAM BIG PERFORMING WORKSHOP presents A TASTE OF DREAM BIG
      1pm Chase Park
      4701 N. Ashland Avenue
      Interactive performances for kids by the popular Dream Big performers.
    • PIVOT ARTS and VINTAGE THEATER COLLECTIVE present THREE GRACES
      7:00 pm Berger Park
      6205 N. Sheridan Road
      Libretto by Ruth Margraff, music by Nikos Brisco and the Café Antarsia Ensemble band, directed by Kate Hendrickson.
      See description above.
    • CLOSING RECEPTION
      8:30 pm at Waterfront Café, Berger Park
      6205 N. Sheridan Road
      Music by the Café Antarsia Ensemble at the beautiful, lakefront setting of the Waterfront Café.

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Other Sources:

Articles:
  • New Pivot Festival Bringing Vauveville Spirit to Uptown, Edgewater, by Hedy Weiss (Chicago-Sun Times, April 10, 2013)
    http://blogs.suntimes.com/arts_entertainment/2013/04/new_festival.html
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Practical Info:

Information and tickets 2013:
  • For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, visit the web site at http://pivotarts.org/festival/ or call 773-609-0782.
  • Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 30, 2013 with a range of free events, festival passes and no more than $15 per event.
Venues:
  • Berger Park
  • Broadway Cellars
  • Burke’s Public House
  • Chase Park
  • Essanay Studios at St. Augustine College
  • FLATStheatre (an historic vaudeville space/bank building)
  • Francesca’s Bryn Mawr
  • Kitchen Sink Café
  • Lickity Split
  • Senn High School
  • Uncommon Ground
  • The Waterfront Café at Berger Park

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