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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Pivot Arts Launches Pilot Incubator Program with
Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Three Projects to Kick Off Program Held in University’s Mundelein Center
CHICAGO, February 20, 2013 – Pivot Arts, a newly established, multidisciplinary performance organization, in partnership with Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA), is launching a unique incubator program for artists that will take place in the University’s Mundelein Center. The program will give companies and individual artists time and space to develop work that is innovative, and often blurs the boundaries between opera, dance, theater, and other disciplines.
While there have long been solid development programs for playwrights at established Chicago theaters, Pivot Arts and the DFPA are teaming up to provide space to ensembles who need time to develop original and collaborative work. In addition, students will be directly involved as mentees on each project.
“As someone working in the field of new work development, I’m excited to see not only what the artists who participate in this inaugural program dream up, but also how the process that Pivot Arts creates can help shape the kind of theater and performance Chicago audiences can expect to see on our stages for years to come,” said Tanya Palmer, director of new play development at the Goodman Theatre and a Pivot Arts associate working as a curator and dramaturg for the incubator program.
All three projects involved with the program explore the use of both text and live music at early points in the rehearsal process. The program kicks off with Chicago Opera Vanguard’s new opera about the last three days of the founder of Mormonism, The Passion of Joseph Smith with
libretto by Philip Dawkins (Victory Gardens Ensemble) and composed by Eric Reda (Chicago Opera Vanguard Artistic Director).
Dog and Pony Theatre Co. will then spend a week at Loyola developing a devised piece about the relationship between Richard Wagner and Ludwig II in a new play about art, patronage, and desire. Using found text, including the letters Wagner and Ludwig wrote to one another, they tell the story of how the friendship between artist and patron shaped their lives.
Finally, playwright and musician Ruth Margraff will further develop her working-class world tavern opera Three Graces, which uses a unique exploration of vocal art that is based in recitative speaking where the boundaries between singing and speaking are blurred. Three Graces will then go on to have its Chicago premiere in Pivot Arts’s multi-arts festival, slated for June 2013 and directed by Trap Door Theater’s Kate Hendrickson.
“Loyola’s DFPA is so pleased that we are able to bring these exciting artists and projects to campus,” said Sarah Gabel, chair of the DFPA. “We hope it will provide varied and rich experiences for our students and support a growing body of innovative work. We look forward to our developing relationship with Pivot as well.”
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit blogs.luc.edu/artsalive.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.
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