Monday, April 22, 2013

Pivot Multi-Arts Festival Coming To Uptown & Edgewater In June

The former Wilson Avenue Theater,
now branded as FLATStheater,
at 1050 West Wilson
Uptown and Edgewater will be playing host to a multi-arts festival utilizing some local talent and taking place in some historic venues.  It all takes place June 6 through 22.  Here's the press release:


Top Chicago innovators: Manual Cinema, Mad Shak Dance Company, Mucca Pazza, Theater Oobleck and others lead celebration of multi-disciplinaryperformance in unique and historic spaces

Pivot Arts launches a new celebration of innovative theater, music and dance in unique and often historic spaces from June 6 – 22, 2013 throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods.

The inaugural PIVOT MULTI-ARTS FESTIVAL 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.

Participating Groups/Artists at time of release: 6018NORTH, Backroom Shakespeare Project, Chicago Architectural Foundation, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak Dance Company, Manual Cinema, Mucca Pazza, Neo-Futurists, Theater Oobleck, RE|Dance Group, Steep Theatre Company, Ruth Margraff and Café Antarsia Ensemble, Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, Alice Austen, Martin Zimmerman, Steve Moulds and Tanya Palmer.

Children’s Performances by: Alternatives Youth Group, Crooked Door Storytelling, Dream Big Performance Workshop, Storytown Improv, People’s Music School and more.

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 and The Waterfront Café at Berger Park.

For complete festival information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 773-609-0782.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 20th, with a range of free events, festival passes and no more than $15 per event.

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