Live Arts Plus

Between Two Worlds

The “Between Two Worlds” program—part of a series focusing on using the arts FOR SOCIAL IMPACT – was founded by internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales. The Canales Project aims to recruit what Canales calls an “army of compassion,” a diverse roster of artists, each of whom has a personal story about living “between two worlds” and of dealing with the tensions of different cultural environments. The concert uses performance and conversation to explore the artists’ experiences, relate them to the challenges facing the audience, and help lead, in Canales’ words, “the journey from the other to the all.”

  • Sandeep Das, one of the world’s leading Tabla players.
  • Samora Pinderhughes, composer/pianist/vocalist, known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues.
  • Andrew Nemr, student of Gregory Hines and one of the most diverse tap dance artists today.


The Canales Project (TCP) has been created to give voice to issues of identity and culture through the arts and conversation. TCP’s concert series, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, will explore these ideas via music and interaction with artists who also understand the cultural divisions which threaten our society today.

Dances by Very Young Choreographers

For over 20 years, Ellen Robbins has worked with young dancers from ages 5 to 18, helping them to stretch their technical modern dance skills and their imaginations in a warm and supportive atmosphere where improvisation reigns. The works in Dances by Very Young Choreographers can be humorous, dramatic, lyrical, or abstract, but always entertaining. This showcase of young talent has become one of New York Live Arts’ most beloved community programs, and is a not to be missed opportunity to inspire children by exposing them to live performances created and performed by their peers.

Ellen Robbins’ Alumni Concert An evening concert of work by Alumni who have continued to choreograph. They date back as far as 1989. They are Lily Akerman, Morgana Cragnotti, Hannah Cullen, Adriane Erdos, Krista Jansen, Molly Model, Chafin Seymour, and Francesca Soddu.

Spring concerts

“Never before in my experience of this troupe have its performers made so engaging and memorable an impression,” said The New York Times of New York Theatre Ballet’s debut performance at New York Live Arts. NYTB returns with a brand new season of its highly acclaimed Legends & Visionaries series, exploring the past with classic masterpieces and boldly taking risks on the future with cutting edge new choreography.

Lang Dance

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, Arts , “home to one of the more progressive collegiate dance departments in New York” (NY Times), offers a unique undergraduate dance curriculum centered on research and experimentation within the movement based arts. These performances highlight new works created with resident artists and faculty, as well as student-created works.