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Pivot Arts Festival 2021

Arts and Entertainment

May 13, 2021

From: Pivot Arts Festival

The ninth annual Pivot Arts Festival: Reimagining Utopia will take place in both live and virtual spaces! A celebration of contemporary performance, this year’s festival presents 12 selected artists and artistic groups commissioned to create video installations or small, live works responding to the theme of reimagining a better world post-pandemic.

After a year of isolation and a reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement that has brought long-term historical injustice to light, what is the future that we as a society wish to create?

We are committed to bringing small groups of artists and audiences together in live spaces while prioritizing safety. Events include: a “performance tour” where masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition; an outdoor all ages puppetry show; an outdoor presentation of a string quartet; and video works to be presented at Rivendell Theater and on our website.

Schedule:

Friday, May 21, 2021

7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

4:00pm and 5:00pm; 7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

4:00pm and 5:00pm; 7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

7:00 pm: Utopian Views – Perceptions Theatre X Ndgo Blk

Experience this searing video performance exploring the concept of utopia and the changes Chicago would have to make in order to understand how our actions impact one another. Written and performed by Ndgo Blk. This VIRTUAL event will premiere on Zoom

Location: Online

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7:00 pm: Nostalgic Buds - Sami Ismat

Sami Ismat's premiere video work explores the nostalgia of immigrants when shopping at ethnic food stores after moving to the US. This VIRTUAL event will premiere on Zoom

Location: Online

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7:00 pm: The Real Dance: A Micro Reality TV Show - Nora Sharp

The true story of five dancers who, forced to dance in their houses (mostly) alone, tape their improvisations in order to explore truly authentic movement. Presented by Nora Sharp. This VIRTUAL event will premiere on Zoom

Location: Online

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7:00 pm: Virtual Video Premieres - “Meet the Artists” Special Event

Live screenings of three short video premieres addressing a post-pandemic utopia. Live video conversation with the artists to follow.

Location: Online

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Friday, May 28, 2021

7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

4:00pm and 5:00pm; 7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

4:00pm and 5:00pm; 7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

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2:00 pm and 3:30 pm: The Puppet Wonder Wagon - Live Performance

Large-scale, abstract puppets in performance, followed by an outdoor puppet-building workshop for families to create their own imaginary creatures. Co-Created and Co-Curated by Will Bishop, Samuel J. Lewis, II, and Grace Needlman. This all-ages, LIVE event will premiere at Colvin House

Location: Colvin House, 5940 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

Cost: $10

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

7:30pm: Far Within: A Contemporary Dance Production - Laksha Dantran

A visualization of a trans woman's nightmare during an isolating global pandemic. Presented by Laksha Dantran. This LIVE video event will premiere at the Rivendell Theater.

Location: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 North Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660

Cost: $15

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

7:30pm: Far Within: A Contemporary Dance Production - Laksha Dantran

A visualization of a trans woman's nightmare during an isolating global pandemic. Presented by Laksha Dantran. This LIVE video event will premiere at the Rivendell Theater.

Location: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 North Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660

Cost: $15

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

Buy Tickets

Friday, June 4, 2021

7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

Buy Tickets

Saturday, June 5, 2021

4:00pm and 5:00pm; 7:30 and 8:30pm: Utopian Performance Tour: Live, Multi-Arts Experience

Take a "Performance tour” where small groups of masked audiences will be led through spaces as if moving through a gallery exhibition. Featuring live performances and video installations by:

Christin Eve Cato
Danielle Ross
Ishti Collective
Maggie Kubley and Minnie Productions
Propelled Animals
SolAR* (Nefertiti Abdulmalik)

Location: The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 West Catalpa Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $15 - $30

Buy Tickets

Sunday, June 6, 2021

5:00pm and 6:00pm: KAIA String Quartet - Live Performance

Experience the rich and colorful musical tradition of Latin America performed by KAIA String Quartet. One of 2018 "Top Ten Musical Recordings" - Chicago Tribune. This all-ages, LIVE event will premiere outdoors at Colvin House

Location: Colvin House, 5940 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

Cost: $10 - $25

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Date:

May 21 - June 6, 2021

Location:

Various Venues,
Chicago, IL

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