New York, NY, May 22, 2015 - It was announced yesterday via a Los Angeles Times article that Jean Davidson, current Executive Director and CEO of New York Live Arts, has been named the new president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, one of the four resident companies of the Los Angeles Music Center along with the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera and Center Theater Group.
"Jean has worked tirelessly for the past ten years towards building an essential home for dance and the arts in New York City," said Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. "After serving as Executive Director for my dance company for six years, she played an integral role in engineering the merger with Dance Theater Workshop and the subsequent creation of New York Live Arts. We are so excited for both her future and ours, and are eternally grateful to her for the invaluable contribution that she has made to New York City's cultural arena."
"New York Live Arts congratulates Jean Davidson on being selected at the CEO of Los Angeles Master Chorale," said Richard Levy, Chair of the Board of Directors. "She has played an invaluable role in the growing impact of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and in forging the merger that led to the creation of New York Live Arts. We wish her all the best in this new chapter of her professional life, and look forward to finding opportunities to collaborate in the future." Davidson will continue on her tenure at Live Arts until June 30th. An interim Executive Director will be appointed while a search is launched for her successor.
"Where thinking and movement meet the future." — Bill T. Jones
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.
We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists.
Founded in 1982, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world. Touring projects for the 2013-2014 season include major new work, repertory classics, minimal duets and Bill T. Jones's return to the stage.