Pivot Arts Fest Highlights Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago Faculty and Alumni Talent May 31-June 9

The seventh annual Pivot Arts Festival, running May 31 through June 9 at various locations in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods, features the talents of Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago alumni and faculty.

Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson and Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood

This showcase of multidisciplinary performance opens with the world premiere of The Rosina Project, a contemporary “hip-hopera” adaptation of Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville that mixes hip-hop MCs, opera singers, and street-dance artists with a live DJ and beatboxer to perform an original story of female empowerment and interracial friendship as an immersive house party. The work is a collaboration between Chicago Fringe Opera and BraveSoul Movement, whose directors, Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood and Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson, are both faculty members at the Dance Center. The Rosina Project plays Friday, May 31, at 7:30 PM; Saturday, June 1, at 8 PM; and Sunday, June 2, at 7:30 PM. Performances take place at Alternatives, located at 4730 N. Sheridan in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood — the space that served for many years as the home of the Dance Center of Columbia College. Tickets are $15.

Erin Kilmurray

The festival closes with Search Party, by Dance Center alum Erin Kilmurray ’08, a graduate of the Dance Center’s BA Program in Dance. This live dance work by Kilmurray, creator of The Fly Honey Show, exists somewhere between a nightclub and a sports arena. Featuring a group of women, the performance relentlessly challenges and reconstructs the boundaries we face during this charged political moment by investigating agency, freedom and societal expectations. Search Party plays on Thursday, June 6, at 7 PM; Saturday, June 8, at 9:30 PM; and Sunday, June 9, at 8 PM. Performances take place at the Edge Off Broadway,, 1133 W. Catalpa, in Chicago’s Edgewater/Andersonville Theatre District. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students.