Performance artist Peter Carpenter, Acting Chair of the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, will perform in the fourth annual Pivot Arts Festival on Friday, June 3. The ten-day festival, which runs June 2-12, features dozens of innovative performances and multi-disciplinary works throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods.
Carpenter’s solo performance, Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times #7: Divisions of Labor, is part of Carpenter’s ongoing choreographic investigation into societally constructed myths of scarcity and the potency of abundance. The piece pairs dark themes regarding the disposability of bodies in global capitalism with humorous tales of playing with his nephews.
At once theatrical, humorous, and thought-provoking, the work showcases Carpenter’s singular, accessible choreographic approach to merging social justice with critical theory.
The performance is part of an evening of short works titled “Festival Tapas Night: Small Plates of Theater and Dance.” Besides Carpenter, the program includes the performance group Southside SailorScouts, whose work incorporates dance, song and storytelling from a woman of color perspective, and The Hypocrites theatre company, who will premiere Midsummer Dream, their re-imagining of Shakespeare’s popular romantic adventure story with four actors playing all the characters.
The performance takes place Friday, June 3, at 7:30 PM at Loyola University Chicago’s Mundelein Center, 1020 W. Sheridan, in Chicago. Admission is $25. For tickets, click here.
Pivot Arts was formed in 2012 as a pivot point, or central hub, that could connect innovative arts activity. The group supports multidisciplinary artists through its incubator program and fosters the creation of imaginative performances throughout the year. For more information about the Pivot Arts Festival, click here.