Announcing the 12 – 13 Presenting Season and Programs


World Premiere of BELL by Inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist Yasuko Yokoshi

Season Features Eight World Premiere Commissions

Launch of Shared Practice: New Classes and Workshops    

Season Tickets on Sale July 2nd, 2012

New York, NY, June 7, 2012 – New York Live Arts – the organization founded in 2011 by a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop to support movement-based artists at all stages of their careers through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating – announces the 2012-2013 presenting season, beginning September 18, 2012 at 219 West 19th Street in Chelsea.

In March 2013, inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist, Yasuko Yokoshi, will premiere BELL, a dance-theater work that continues Yokoshi’s in-depth research of the parallel aesthetics of traditional and contemporary forms and the authenticity and ownership of culture. Working with her long-time collaborator Masumi Seyama, 82-year old successor of Kabuki choreographer Kanjyuro Fujima VI, BELL reimagines the classical Japanese dance Kyoganoko Musume-Dojyoji (A Woman and a Bell at the Dojyoji Temple), reputed to be the most important and difficult work in the Kabuki theater repertoire. Yokoshi’s last work, Tyler Tyler (2010), was commissioned by and premiered at Dance Theater Workshop. The Resident Commissioned Artist program is one of Live Arts’ signature initiatives offering unparalleled support for select mid-career artists. Each year, Executive Artistic Director Bill T. Jones and Artistic Director Carla Peterson choose one artist to receive a competitive salary, health benefits, a two-year creative residency and a commission for a new work to be produced by and premiere at Live Arts. The 2012-2014 Resident Commissioned Artist will be announced in fall 2012.

“As a presenting and producing organization, New York Live Arts is strongly committed to deepening the support we provide to movement-based artists,” said Jean Davidson, CEO & Executive Director. “Building on our inaugural season, we are enhancing the commissioning and presenting infrastructure Live Arts provides artists at every stage of their careers. In our ‘12-‘13 season, with the support of generous funders such as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and our new individual donor group focused on underwriting new commissions, we are supporting an exciting range of new and established artistic voices.”

Dedicated to participating in the artistic and social fabric of New York and the world beyond, New York Live Arts’ presenting season, curated by Artistic Director Carla Peterson, will span ten months, bringing the work of more than 50 artists from around the globe to New York audiences.

“This season we feature a global range of artists, whose distinctive voices engage with some of the most compelling ideas and challenges of our time. The emergent global movements, women as social provocateurs and innovators, connections across science, technology, art and mythology, raucous indie culture along with more personal explorations are contemporary themes that have been worked into a rich artistic fodder for our season,” said Carla Peterson, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. “New and commissioned works along with exhilarating remounts from recent and past decades offer up an evocative mix that deepens Live Arts’ commitment to smart ideas, excitement and abundant creativity that brings together an engaged, participatory community on all sides of the creative process.” 

Through the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund, Live Arts commissions and produces world premieres by artists at all stages of their careers; provides individualized and comprehensive support such as fiscal sponsorship and strategic project development; and carries forward the Dance Theater Workshop legacy of supporting artists in the creation of new work. The 2012-2013 Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund artists include (in chronological order) Steven Reker, Daria Fain, Tere O’Connor, Arturo Vidich, Juliana F. May, Gwen Welliver, Souleymane Badolo, and Pam Tanowitz.

The Replay Series offers audiences a look back at seminal works in the careers of established artists, as well as remounted runs of both in-demand shows and those that warrant greater visibility from previous seasons. This season’s Replay Series artists include RoseAnne Spradlin (beginning of something), Rude Mechs (Dionysus in 69), and Yvonne Meier (The Shining).

Other highlights of the presenting season include national and international artists and performances such as Voices of Strength, a mini-festival of contemporary dance and theater works by African women including Kettly Noël (Haiti/Mali) and Nelisiwe Xaba (South Africa), Bouchra Ouizguen (Morocco), Maria Helena Pinto (Mozambique), and Nadia Beugré (Côte d’Ivoire); Keith Hennessy’s (San Francisco) Turbulence (a dance about the economy); Anne Juren (Austria) and Annie Dorsen’s (U.S.) Magical; and two works by Hiroaki Umeda (Japan), Haptic  and Holistic Strata. This season also marks the 10th anniversary of The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked, the contemporary dance world’s beloved version of The Nutcracker.

The Live Arts season also features Studio Series work-in-process showings. Studio Series is a research laboratory for physical explorations and new movement investigations with a focus on creative process. Each Studio Series artist receives a commission and 100 hours of creative residency time and is invited to conduct two informal showings. The 2012-2013 Studio Series artists include luciana achugar, Laurie Berg, Kimberly Bartosik, Regie Cabico (in partnership with Urban Word NYC), Walter Dundervill, Lance Gries, Burr Johnson, Okwui Okpokwasili, Tara O’Con, iele paloumpis, Jimena Paz, and a shared Studio Series with Jumatatu Poe and Jesse Zaritt.

Additional programming highlights include the Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program, founded in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop, which annually offers six early career artists comprehensive performance and residency support; the Live Gallery, featuring visual works by performance-based artists in the Live Arts lobby and on the Ford Foundation Live Gallery Wall; Live Artery, a multi-day event dedicated to connecting dance and movement-based artists, curators and presenters at Live Arts during the annual APAP|NYC Conference; and The Suitcase Fund, created in 1985, connecting a global network of artists to promote cultural exchange and discourse around performance-based practices.

Audiences are invited to Come Early Thursdays and Stay Late Fridays for a range of engagement initiatives including formal and informal talks and installations created by season artists. The Live Lounge is open 6pm – 10pm on show nights serving wine and refreshments.

During a three-month period spanning July through September, Live Arts will complete a major third floor renovation project creating a versatile performance and rehearsal space. Architectural firm DXA studio has been hired to modify the current two-studio design by replacing a permanent dividing wall with moveable wall to create the option of one large studio space. The renovated space will accommodate rehearsals of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artists; Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund Artists; Studio Series Artists; and other choreographers and companies making work for large-scale spaces. These modifications will also accommodate new programs and educational activities. In addition, the renovation will create office spaces for both Bill T.  Jones (Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Artistic Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company) and Janet Wong (Associate Artistic Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), and replace light fixtures and other equipment with more sustainable and energy-efficient models.

Major support for New York Live Arts is provided by: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Con Edison, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Japan Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation, MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, MetLife Foundation, New York Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Scherman Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.  New York Live Arts is supported by public funds administered by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.



In chronological order:

Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance & Theater by Women from Africa
September 18 – 19 at 7:30pm, Program A
September 21 – 22 at 7:30pm, Program B
Tickets $20

A mini-festival that offers U.S. audiences a unique opportunity to experience the breadth of ideas and stylistic diversity of contemporary dance and theater across the African continent. Featuring five African women choreographers, the performances are sophisticated expressions of the complex lives these women live globally. Through traditionally-rooted dance and bold contemporary idioms, this two-evening program tackles diverse political and social themes that articulate women’s struggles toward empowerment with humor, poignancy and courage.

Kettly Noël (Haiti/Mali) and Nelisiwe Xaba (South Africa)
Bouchra Ouizguen (Morocco)
Maria Helena Pinto (Mozambique)
Nadia Beugré (Côte d’Ivoire)

Curated by MAPP International Productions & presented in partnership with The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium.
RoseAnne Spradlin, beginning of something (Replay Series)
September 26 – 29 at 7:30pm, Sept 28 at 10pm
Tickets $30
Limited Capacity

beginning of something returns to New York City after a sold out run at The Chocolate Factory in 2011. An exploration of movement and energy, beginning probes and reveals the female image and psyche.  The audience is seated in close proximity to the dancers who perform on an elevated platform creating a shift in scale that empowers the cast.  This high intensity movement-based work is comprised of complex patterns of darting, turning and leaping.

Keith Hennessy / Circo Zero, Turbulence (a dance about the economy)
October 4 – 6 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

Turbulence (a dance about the economy) plays with normative disruptions and calculated disregard for generally accepted rules of engagement. A collaborative creation, the work is an experimental hybrid of contemporary dance, improvised happening and political theater; it is a bodily response to economic crisis. Instigated before Occupy and engaging questions of debt, value and exchange, Turbulence is intended as both provocation and affirmation of the current global movement.
Walls and Bridges, Splendors and Miseries of (un)conscious thoughts: a story of psychology, neuroscience and live performance
October 12 at 7:30pm
Free, RSVP Requested

French neuroscientist Lionel Naccache and Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman (Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002) meet to discuss the splendors and miseries of conscious and unconscious cognition. Following the debate, French company Oh ! Oui… (Joachim Latarjet and Alexandra Fleischer) will perform Songs for My Brain, a performance based on the research of Lionel Naccache. Songs for My Brain explores the power of the mind which at any given moment is creating fiction and inventing scenarios – what tomorrow will bring, what your friend thinks of you, reasons for your fiancé’s tardiness, what was that ruckus you heard last night – in a never ending stream of brain-invented stories that fuel our thought.

This event is presented as part of “Walls and Bridges,” a 10-day French-American arts and ideas festival curated by the Villa Gillet, a French cultural institute interested in thought in all its expressions, bringing together thinkers and artists from all over the world; and is co-presented with Les Subsistances, an international laboratory for live arts based in Lyon, France.

People Get Ready / Steven Reker (World Premiere)
October 18 – 20 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

Brooklyn-based indie stars People Get Ready create multi-sensory ‘mixtapes’ that are a “melding of independent music and contemporary dance” (New York Times) inspired by memory, dreams, the collective conscious, cultural debris, and pleasure. Songs from their new album act as the score to new movement material creating sonic landscapes of the dancing body.

Commons Choir, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E (World Premiere)
October 31 – November 3 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is an epic operatic work proposing, with Thomas Paine and Martin Luther King, money as public property. Created by choreographer Daria Faïn and poet Robert Kocik, in collaboration with composer Katherine Young and vocalists Samita Sinha and Imani Uzuri.  27 dancers, singers and actors treat our current inequity crisis with reparative tones and intentions with the body as horn of plenty.

Rude Mechs, Dionysus in 69 (Replay Series)
November 6 at 7:30pm Preview
November 7 – 10 at 7:30pm, Nov 9 at 10pm
Tickets $30

Rude Mechanicals (a.k.a. Rude Mechs) is proud to rebirth The Performance Group’s interpretation of Euripides’s The Bacchae: Dionysus in 69. The company remounts this piece as faithfully as possible using Brian de Palma’s film and the 1970 book, Dionysus in 69, as primary sources for the re-staging. The Rude Mechs production is the first-ever remounting of this legendary work, and it finally returns to New York City 44 years after its premiere. The Performance Group’s Dionysus in 69 was the first of its kind environmental theater production performed at the Performing Garage, featuring an extraordinary combination of groundbreaking milestones including audience participation and full-frontal nudity of both women and men.

Barnard Project: Nora Chipaumire, Beth Gill, Juliette Mapp, Reggie Wilson (Strategic Partnership)
November 15 – 17 at 7:30pm, Nov 17 at 2pm
Tickets $20, Students $12

The Barnard Project was the first university partnership of its kind, pairing curated artists from a renowned presenting institution with Barnard College and Columbia University dance students in a semester-long residency environment. Since its inception the program has commissioned 30 new works. Now in its eighth year, The Barnard Project offers choreographers and their selected casts the opportunity to work in a laboratory setting that emphasizes shared process. The resulting new works by 2012 – 2013 artists Nora Chipaumire, Beth Gill, Juliette Mapp, and Reggie Wilson will premiere at New York Live Arts.

Tere O’Connor (World Premiere)
November 27 – Dec 1 at 7:30pm
November 30 at 10pm
Tickets $30

Award-winning choreographer Tere O’Connor premieres the second work in a multi-year, multi-venue project that collapses three distinct dances into a fourth, culminating work. The process expands his choreographic affinity for developing unrelated strains of material inside of one work. Searching for social resonance inside of elemental choreographic processes, this project looks at how cultures bleed into each other to create newness. Each of the first three works has a different cast and point of departure.  In this second work for Live Arts, O’Connor immerses himself in the crystalline artifice that comprises a distinctive layer in his work.  The dance features Heather Olson, Natalie Green, Paul Monaghan, Michael Ingle and Silas Reiner with set design by Aptum Architecture, lighting design by Michael O’Connor and an original score by James Baker.

Lang Dance: Fall and Spring Performances (Strategic Partnership)
December 7 – 8 at 7:30pm; May 3 – 4 at 7:30pm
Tickets $5, Free for all New School students, faculty and alumni

Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts and New York Live Arts are dedicated to emphasizing research and experimentation within the movement-based arts in the collegiate field. This new partnership will feature seasonal performances including premieres of original dance works created by guest choreographers. The fall performances will highlight choreographers Beth Gill and Yvonne Meier, spring performances will feature works by guest artist John Jasperse, Lang faculty Neil Greenberg and a Movement Research Artist-In-Residence. Each performance series will also highlight student-choreographed works. All works will be performed by students of the Eugene Lang College dance program.

Fresh Tracks
December 13 – 15 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

The Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program, created in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop, identifies six early career artists to receive comprehensive performance and residency support. The program begins with a showcase performance in the theater followed by a 50-hour creative residency in our studios along with introductory level professional development workshops in marketing, fundraising and career development. Artists also participate in dialogue sessions facilitating open discussion about their creative process and one-on-one consultations, both with Artistic Advisor Levi Gonzalez.

Previous Fresh Tracks artists include: Jeff Duncan (1965), Deborah Jowitt (1968), Wendy Perron (1970), Alice Teirstein (1974), Bill T. Jones (1977), Bebe Miller (1978) Elizabeth Streb (1979), Tere O’Connor (1984), Amy Sue Rosen (1986), Ron Brown (1987), Reggie Wilson (1989), RoseAnne Spradlin (1990), Rosane Chamecki (1991), Maura Ngyuen-Donohue (1995), and more recently, Ivy Baldwin (2000), Jen Rosenblit (2009), and Vanessa Anspaugh (2010).

Urban Word NYC, Journal to Journey
December 16 & 17 at 7:30pm
$5 Youth / $7 Adults

Journal to Journey is a four-month program that culminates in a showcase performance of new solo works created by young poets. These works by young poets navigate a path through hurt and hope on a journey towards self. Equipped with pen as compass and journal as road map, they discover that life is full of moments that will carry you as far and deep as you are willing to go. Poets are paired with Writing Mentor and Studio Series residency artist Regie Cabico and Director/Choreographer Nicco Annan.

Yvonne Meier, The Shining (Replay Series)
December 11 – 16, 18 – 22 at 8pm and 9:30pm
Tickets $30
Limited Capacity

Back by popular demand, The Shining is a thrilling dance-installation set inside the intricate maze of 350 refrigerator boxes. Originally created and performed in 1993 at Performance Space 122 and in 1995 at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, this Bessie Award-winning work puts audience members and performers together in an extraordinarily crafted, living, breathing and inimitable environment.

The Bang Group, Nut/Cracked 10th Anniversary
December 20 – 22 at 7:30pm, Dec 22 at 2pm
Tickets $30

A comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville version of The Nutcracker, Nut/Cracked returns to Live Arts for its 10th Anniversary performances! A journey into innocence through sustained fantasy, Nut/Cracked incorporates an enterprising mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and even toe tap.  The work’s 22 sections are accompanied by a mix of popular, jazz and novelty versions of the score and the traditional orchestral suite. By the end of the show, the cast has danced their way to a new kind of childhood replete with a thumb-sucking fantasia to the Grand Pas de Deux. In addition to The Bang Group, each show features a different group of teenage guest artists from dance schools throughout New York City.

Anne Juren & Annie Dorsen, Magical
January 15 – 19, times TBA
Tickets $30

Co-Presented with Performance Space 122 as part of the 8th Annual COIL Festival

A collaboration between choreographer Anne Juren and director Annie Dorsen, Magical is a solo dance piece enchantingly performed by Juren using the canon of feminist performance art and the rituals of a magic show.  Playing with illusion, trickery and transformation, Juren devotes herself to the efficacy and secrets of the female body. The effect of simultaneous magic, choreography and performance entices spectators to see through the events on the stage.

COIL is Performance Space 122’s annual mid-winter festival of contemporary performance from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Ellen Robbins, Dances by Very Young Choreographers
January 26 at 2pm, January 27 at 1pm and 4pm
Tickets $15, Youth $1

Dances by Very Young Choreographers is a mélange of witty and intriguing original dances created and performed by students of Ellen Robbins, ages 8-18. The dances can be hilarious, dramatic, lyrical, or abstract, but always surprising. This showcase is a not to be missed opportunity to inspire children by exposing them to live performances created and performed by their peers.

Arturo Vidich, The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas (World Premiere)
January 24 – 26 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

OFF-SITE @ The Invisible Dog Art Center

In The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas, renowned performer and improviser Arturo Vidich assumes the mythical persona of Daedalus, the taciturn engineer who invented the labyrinth, and Icarus, his ill-fated son, as metaphors for the pitfalls of product development. Modular objects created by invited guests (writers, sculptors, mathematicians, architects, engineers) are placed throughout the space as improvisational scores for this solo dance performance. Like puzzle pieces, combinations of the objects generate physical dilemmas that prompt strings of full-body gestures.

Karole Armitage, Armitage Gone Dance! (Strategic Partnership)
January 31 – February 2, February 5 – 9 at 7:30pm
Tickets $40

Hailed by some critics as an heir to both George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham, Karole Armitage returns to Dance Theater Workshop/New York Live Arts for the first time since the premiere of her ground-breaking work, Drastic-Classicism (1980).  For her 2013 season, Armitage will create a new chapter in her on-going series of dance ‘dreamscapes.’ Part 5 of this dream cycle is based on the theme of disruption and recovery, with Armitage and the dancers employing iPhones and iPads to alter the soundscape to which they perform, then responding to these transformations in real-time.

Juliana F. May / MAYDANCE, Commentary = not thing (World Premiere)
February 19 – 23 at 7:30pm, February 22 at 10pm
Tickets $20

Part Steven Sondheim and part Kate Pierson from the 1990’s group The B52’s, Commentary = not thing is a modern dance opera that unfolds into a series of kaleidoscopic movement passages, vocalizing scores, chanting and singing sequences. In this work, May – a choreographer devoted to abstraction and its ability to communicate the expressive body – examines social emotions such as compassion, embarrassment, shame, guilt and contempt, in an effort to generate a narrative that is fueled by the emotional happenings of the individuals in the group and the interpersonal events that unfold.

Hiroaki Umeda, Haptic and Holistic Strata
March 7 – 9 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

Tokyo based performance artist Hiroaki Umeda returns to New York with two visually compelling works. Created at the renowned Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media in Japan, Holistic Strata is a kinetic installation examining visual recognition and the border between dance and video. Haptic concentrates on the effects of light and color investigating the physical aspect of the chromatic prism and its physiological stimuli.

Yasuko Yokoshi, BELL (Inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist World Premiere)
March 16, 19 – 23 at 7:30pm
Tickets $30

As part of her appointment as New York Live Arts’ Inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist, Yasuko Yokoshi creates a new dance-theater work that continues her in-depth research of the parallel aesthetics of traditional and contemporary forms and the authenticity and ownership of culture. Working with her long-time collaborator Masumi Seyama, successor of Kabuki choreographer Kanjyuro Fujima VI, BELL will reimagine the classical Japanese dance “Kyoganoko Musume-Dojyoji” (A Woman and a Bell at the Dojoji Temple), reputed to be the most important and difficult dance work in the Kabuki theater repertoire.

Gwen Welliver, Beasts and Plots (World Premiere)
April 3 – 6 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

Beasts and Plots investigates what happens when Welliver’s figurative and nonfigurative worlds collide. Inspired by Matt Mullican’s Glen, Oskar Schlemmer’s seminars on linear figures, Rebecca Horn’s performance films, and Paul Klee’s portrait works, Beasts and Plots is a semi-narrative work that explores the outline of a woman’s body, a death, and the idea of a unicorn.

Bebe Miller Company, A History
April 12 – 13 at 7:30pm

Co-Presented with 651 ARTS
OFF-SITE @ Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Tickets $25

A History can be viewed as both the evidence and performance of the creative conversation embedded in the last decade of Bebe Miller Company’s work. Viewed through the lens of a partnership, veteran BMC dancers Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones appear live and virtually to create a dynamic theatre-based performance and archeological inquiry. Under Miller’s direction, their nuanced dancing relationship is an opportunity to look at the way past ideas and experiences lead us forward.

Souleymane Badolo, untitled (World Premiere) and Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO
With an opening performance by Cynthia Oliver
April 25 – 27 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

Born in Burkina Faso, choreographer and performer Souleymane Badolo’s African heritage is a driving force in his work. The evening will include a new work guided by the Gurunsi divination system bagger, a ritual where form and structure are suggested through the meaning inherent in thrown cowrie shells.  Also on the program, Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO is inspired by Badolo’s rich family legacy as it traces the journey of his great-great-grandfather; the lessons his father taught him; and the responsibility he feels to his own son about their ancestry.

BOOM!, a new duet by Cynthia Oliver featuring Oliver and Leslie Cuyjet, opens the performance program. A nugget of a larger work to come, BOOM! exposes and manipulates notions of building a life and a relationship – of a woman to herself, her history, her present and future. Negotiating and renegotiating the rules of personhood, fate and consequence, BOOM! simultaneously reveals, resists and submits to the structures and shape of a performance.

Pam Tanowitz, The Spectators (World Premiere)
May 15 – 18 at 7:30pm
Tickets $30

Driven by a distinct vision for re-imagining classical ballet vocabulary in an ultra-post-modern framework, Tanowitz’s dances elegantly layer full-bodied dancing with a clear visual design. In The Spectators, Tanowitz continues her investigation of dance steps as objects and will explore decorative movements alongside practical and structural movements, paring them down, setting them on edge, blowing them up in a bird’s eye view, running them past one another and leading them forward and askew.


Created in 2005 by Dance Theater Workshop and continued by New York Live Arts, the Studio Series is a research laboratory for physical explorations and new movement investigations with a focus on creative process. Each Studio Series artist receives a commission and 100 hours of creative residency time and is invited to conduct two informal showings followed by moderated In-Process Talks. These in-process showings create a framework for the artist to share ideas with an audience in the intimate working space of the studio.

Regie Cabico (in partnership with Urban Word NYC)
January 25 & 26

iele paloumpis
February 1 & 2

Walter Dundervill
February 8 & 9

Okwui Okpokwasili
February 15 & 16

Kimberly Bartosik
March 1 & 2

Laurie Berg
March 15 & 16

Jimena Paz
March 29 & 30

Jumatatu Poe & Jesse Zaritt
April 12 & 13

Tara O’Con
May 3 & 4

Burr Johnson
May 10 & 11

Lance Gries
May 31 & June 1

luciana achugar
June 7 & 8



Live Arts’ education program includes teaching partnerships, educational licensing, creative residencies, and workshops. The 2012-2013 academic year marks the fourth year in partnership with the Bard College Dance Program. Through this partnership, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Live Arts teaching artists lead an innovative curriculum that fosters individual artistry as well as collaborative methods of making.

This year, Live Arts is launching a new program called Shared Practice. Led by artists from the season, these workshops aim to provide a dynamic exchange of information that furthers the artistry of all involved. Rooted in the creative practices that motivate season artists, Shared Practice supports the process-based focus of preexisting programs such as the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s professional and pre-professional workshops and the Bessie Schonberg Laboratory in Composition.

Additionally, students at university and college dance programs throughout the U.S. will reconstruct significant Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company works for performance. Upcoming reconstruction projects include: Reading, Mercy and the Artificial Nigger and Mercy 10×8 on a Circle at California State University-Long Beach; D-Man in the Waters (Part I) and The Gift/No God Logic at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; D-Man in the Waters (Part I) at the Boston Conservatory; D-Man in the Waters (Part I) at the at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Spent Days Out Yonder at Loyola Marymount University; D-Man in the Waters (Part I) at University of Michigan; D-Man in the Waters at University of North Carolina School of the Arts; and a performance tour of D-Man in the Waters (Part I) in Taiwan by students of Taipei National University of the Arts.


2011-2013: Yasuko Yokoshi
Yokoshi was born in Hiroshima, Japan and lives and works in New York City. She has received commissions for directing and choreographing from Performance Space 122, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Théâtre de la Ville (France), Festival a/d Werf (Holland), Festival Sommer SIZEN (Austria), and Frascati Theater (Holland). Awards include a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship, a 2007 BAXTen Award, and two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards (2003 and 2006). Yokoshi is a curatorial adviser at the Kitchen and also serves on the board of directors of Movement Research.



In the 2012-2013 season, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a tour to 24 cities in the United States and Europe; a highly anticipated World Premiere co-production with Anne Bogart and SITI Company around the 100th Anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring; and a New York City season at The Joyce Theater with the Orion String Quartet featuring D-Man in the Waters, a classic work not seen in New York since 2002. Download the complete tour schedule.


Tickets to the 2012-2013 Season will go on sale to the public 
on July 2, 2012. 

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Unless otherwise noted, performances take place at New York Live Arts located at
219 West 19th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.


New York Live Arts strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating. In addition to our deep commitment to individual artists at all stages of their careers, we strive to create rich, meaningful experiences for our audiences by engaging them in ways that are intimate and thought-provoking. With our audience, we seek to become a place for dance that is vital to the fabric of social and cultural life in New York, the United States and beyond.

Formed in February 2011 by a merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts is a re-imagining of the legacies of these two extraordinary organizations. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street in New York City and is led by Bill T. Jones as Executive Artistic Director, Carla Peterson as Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson as Executive Director and CEO.

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