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21 October Sunday
Elevate Chicago Dance

Chicago Cultural Center


Free and open to the public

++Formidable Dreams Film Premiere++


First official showcase of Formidable Dreams, created and produced by collaboration between Eugene Sun Park and Sara Zalek in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Time TBA.

The broadly defined theme of the day explores intersections between Dance, Space, Race, and Place. Forty + Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 artists, through a diverse range of dance and interdisciplinary works, make connections with current ideas about the dynamics between race, social spaces, and personal and body histories. For artists as well as for public audiences, the cultural, political and architectural history of the Chicago Cultural Center building is a powerful setting for these relevant considerations. Dance performances will activate all the floors and multiple public areas of the landmark Chicago Cultural Center, including the Claudia Cassidy Theater, GAR Hall, the Dance Studio, and Preston Bradley Hall.

11-14 October

Thursday - Saturday 7pm, Sunday 4pm

Pivot Arts presents 

Charged Spaces/Changing Bodies 

Performances in Historic Sites

The Institute for Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan Road +

Lawrence House, 1020 W. Lawrence Avenue

Works by Anna Martine Whitehead
Carole McCurdy + Sara Zalek, Elaine Lemieux, Hanna Brock


Co-Curated by Julieanne Ehre and Peter Taub
Suggested Donation $20

Space is limited. Reserve in Advance HERE.

Pivot Arts proudly presents a series of site-specific performances in two historic Uptown buildings overlapping with Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicagoweekend. The performance begins at the Institute for Cultural Affairs 4750 N. Sheridan Road with Notes on Territory written, choreographed and performed by Anna Martine Whitehead. Audiences are then led across the street to Lawrence House 1020 W. Lawrence Avenue for Les Chanteuses du Rien created and performed by Sara Zalek, Elaine Lemieux, Hanna Brock — the piece will take place in the Lawrence House lobby and culminate in the swimming pool. Five Stud Stud by Carole McCurdy will take place in the Lawrence House’s gym space.

For more detailed information about performances and the artist bios please visit

08 Sept Saturday

The Martin

2515 W. North Ave.
7:30pm Doors, Program @8pm
$10 suggested donation

To celebrate the premiere of Mandy Work and Shannon Metelko's short, "Unknown", which is an experimental film exploring anxiety, a night filled with performance, film, and art dedicated to the light and dark of mental health, the silver linings, and what we do to feel better. 

A portion of the evenings proceeds will be donated to a local organization, ALSO conversations that result in less stigma and more self-love. 


Participating Artists:
Michelle Chorski, Les Chanteuses Du Rien (Sara Zalek, Elaine Victoria, Hanna Brock)
Alex Heller, Eve Rydberg
Shannon Metelko + Mandy Work Wetzel , Ayo Viti, Jennie Ellman

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