How to pivot the Pivot Festival

Folk Lordz comedy show
January 22 and 23

As with every year, the 2021 Pivot Festival will bring Yukoners surprising work from both national and local performers. Due to COVID-19, the national talent – a comic duo called Folk Lordz – will participate online from wherever they are in Canada. Folk Lordz is comprised of performers Todd Houseman and Ben Gorodetsky, who banded together in Edmonton through “a shared love of physical comedy, folk storytelling, and political grit.”
The Folk Lordz are offering the Fast and Loose Digital Video Remote Workshop, which involves local participants creating comic videos over twelve days. The final videos will be screened as part of a comedy show hosted by Folk Lordz.
Zimmer says Nakai still hopes to bring Folk Lordz to the Yukon for a live show one day. In the meantime, the virtual option provides an opportunity for the duo to participate in the festival and to get paid for their work, which is important for artists in these pandemic times.

Drive Along Stories
released January 21

Drive Along Stories provide weary folks with a means to escape in their cars and listen to original pieces created by Yukon storytellers and musicians. Ivan Coyote and Sarah MacDougall revisit Coyote’s Porter Creek past. Christine Genier’s stories accompany drivers along a stretch of the Alaska Highway. Local Boy provide a soundscape for a drive around Riverdale. The stories will be available as podcasts, or as CDs and cassettes for what Zimmer refers to as “older Yukon cars.”
No car? No problem, says Zimmer. “Even just listening to them as soundscapes and as stories, they’re quite beautiful.”
The Drive Along stories are very much about the Yukon as a place, which is another Pivot Festival theme – presenting performance that can only happen here.

Ravenmonsterdress (January 20) and
Civil Twilight (January 23)

Another place-specific event is Nicole Bauberger’s RAVENMONSTERDRESS, which will have audiences gather at Paddy’s Pond in Hillcrest. The show will include installation work and performance, and celebrates resilience. Bauberger will also reprise Civil Twilight, the outdoor poetry-reading event she created last winter.
The shows are “a chance to float a bunch of ideas [Bauberger] has had for a long time,” Zimmer says. They evolve from a trail gallery Bauberger installed in the trails behind her house in Hillcrest, and her ongoing preoccupation with ravens, dresses and more recently, monsters.

The Sun Room
January 27 to 30

As an antidote not only to COVID but also to the darkness, Nakai Theatre is transforming the Old Fire Hall into a Sun Room. The downtown venue will be made to resemble an exotic tropical getaway through the use of Astroturf, strategic lighting to replicate the sun, and décor created by Tara Kolla of the Wish Factory.
Folks can sign up to bask in the glow of the Sun Room before or after their work days January 27-29. The Sun Room is also the venue for a variety of recorded and live musical and theatrical performances produced in partnership with Something Shows, Gwaandak Theatre, CJUC, Yukon Arts Centre and Air North. A Karaoke contest will feature Yukon’s finest Karaoke talent, with great prizes from Yukon’s airline. Claire Ness will be recording a show for kids.
All of the Sun Room performances will be offered online. Zimmer hopes friends will get together and have Pivot “watch parties.” Nakai Theatre will be facilitating a variety of ways to enhance the experience, for example providing cocktail recipes, and encouraging folks to share drink photos on social media.
With the exception of the Folk Lordz workshop, all of the 2021 Pivot Festival offerings are free.
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