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New York Theaters Are Dark, but These Windows Light Up With Art
03/26/2021
The New York Times
The Irish Repertory Theater is streaming poetry readings, and Playwrights Horizons and St. Ann’s Warehouse are showcasing art dealing with race and injustice. The panes of glass, though, have provided a safe space. Late last year, for instance, the artists Christopher Williams, Holly Bass and Raja Feather Kelly performed at different...

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Park Avenue Armory Announces an In-Person Spring Season
03/09/2021
The New York Times
The slate of commissioned works for reduced capacity audiences involves the artists Bill T. Jones, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson. Live, in-person performances will return to Park Avenue Armory on March 24, the Armory announced on Tuesday. “Social Distance Hall,” a season of commissioned works for reduced capacity audiences, will open...

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Interdisciplinary Artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Talks Precarity and Presenting His "Curated Life" as Work
02/17/2021
Dance Magazine
Raw experience had already schooled Jaamil Olawale Kosoko in navigating the risks of being a Black, queer, experimental performance artist when the perfect storm of 2020 hit. Putting his curatorial skills to work, last spring and summer he transformed the New York, Berlin and Zurich premieres of Chameleon, an...

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What’s a Dance Theater Without an Audience?
02/09/2021
The New York Times
Bill T. Jones, the artistic director of New York Live Arts, thinks otherwise. “I wish we were more dependent on earned income, that we had more shows that made money,” he said. “Can you see a world where we heal from Covid and actually become viable players...

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Break Dancing Will Be An Olympic Sport In 2024
12/20/2020
NPR/wNYC
Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Raphael Xavier, professional breakdancer and professor of hip-hop dance at Princeton, about break dancing becoming an Olympic sport. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Forget ice skating. Breakdancing is the coolest new Olympic sport. The International Olympic Committee has officially announced it will add breakdancing to the Games under the name...

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Editor’s Picks: A (non-exhaustive) list of our favorite TED Talks of 2020
12/17/2020
TED Blog
As we usher out 2020 — the (enter superlative of your choice) year — let’s take a moment to look back before we close the door for good. What captured our imaginations, reflected our emotions and sparked our hope for a better tomorrow? From the wisdom of Dolly Parton to...

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s Career Presents a Syllabus for Change
12/07/2020
DANCE Magazine
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a conundrum, a puzzle whose pieces must be mixed to match. It’s appropriate that Chameleon is the title of his most recent project. Like the old-world lizard of the same name, the Nigerian-American performance artist/poet/curator/educator changes colors—moods, modes—and shakes things up, right before your eyes....

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Faye Driscoll Awarded New York Live Arts Residency
12/02/2020
The New York Times
The choreographer will receive practical and financial support to create new work — and two years of full-time salary and health care benefits. The choreographer Faye Driscoll is the next recipient of New York Live Arts’ robust biennial residency award, the organization announced on Wednesday. The award, the Randjelovic/Stryker...

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Look Back at Fela! on Broadway With Sahr Ngaujah, Lillias White, and More
11/23/2020
Playbill
The musical, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and more, opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The original Broadway production of Fela! opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The musical, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, played 34 previews and 463...

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Bessies to Forgo Individual Awards This Year
11/19/2020
The New York Times
The organizers decided to recognize equally all the nominees for work they presented before the performing arts shut down in March. The New York Dance and Performance Awards, better known as the Bessies, will not bestow individual prizes this year. Instead each of the nominees announced on Thursday will receive $500...

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