Monday, May 4, 2020

PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL GOES VIRTUAL JUNE 5–30, 2020: David Cale, Alex Alpharaoh, Seth Bockley, Red Clay Dance Among Participating Artists

Pivot Arts, which celebrates adventurous, multidisciplinary performance, is “pivoting” in the presentation of its eighth annual Pivot Arts Festival, in response to restrictions due to COVID-19. For this year’s Festival—subtitled “This is How We Pivot”—performances originally scheduled at venues in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods are shifting to online presentations premiering June 5–11, with content remaining available through June 30 at Live events are postponed to future dates that will be announced.

 This year’s festival includes performance art, immersive theatre, contemporary and street dance, hip-hop opera, dance created for film and video, animation and more. Among the participating artists are Obie Award-winning solo performer-playwright David Cale, writer-director-performer Alex Alpharaoh, playwright-director Seth Bockley and Chicago’s Red Clay Dance Company and The Era Footwork Crew.

Saturday, June 6
6 p.m. – Red Clay Dance Company’s Resilience 

Commissioned by Pivot Arts, Red Clay Dance 

Company presents a reimagining of its 2019 
work Art of Resilience 2.0. Dancers will embody 
the original work recording video from their 
homes and site-specific spaces to further 
demonstrate strength and perseverance.
To build excitement and provide a backdrop 

for these new performances, Pivot Arts also 
will post a recording of Art of Resilience 
2.0, a site-specific, mixed-media and 
immersive activation of the DuSable 
Museum Roundhouse. Using movement, 
text, vibrant projections and soundscapes 
mixed by DJ Sadie Woods, the “Urban Griots” 
of Red Clay Dance guided the audience 
through a journey of Chicago’s Black Belt, 
the “Stroll” and the Black Arts Movement 
while disquieting the impact of redlining, 
restrictive housing covenants and state 
violence on black life.

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