New York Live Arts presents The Barnard Project

The Barnard Project
Ivy Baldwin, Sidra Bell, David Parker, Susan Rethorst
December 1-3 at 7:30pm
December 3 at 2:00pm

New York, NY, October 26, 2011 – New York Live Arts presents The Barnard Project featuring Barnard College and Columbia University students in the works of Ivy Baldwin, Sidra Bell, David Parker, and Susan Rethorst on December 1-3 at 7:30pm and December 3 at 2:00pm.

Now in its seventh year, The Barnard Project was the first university partnership of its kind, pairing curated artists from a renowned presenting institution, Dance Theater Workshop, with dance students from Barnard College and Columbia University in a semester-long residency environment. Since its inception the program has commissioned 30 new works. The Barnard Project offers choreographers and their selected student casts the opportunity to work in a laboratory setting that emphasizes shared process. The resulting new works by 2011 – 2012 artists Ivy Baldwin, Sidra Bell, David Parker, and Susan Rethorst will premiere at New York Live Arts.

Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Tickets are $20 or $12 for Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 212-924-0077, and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in New York City.

The Barnard Project is presented as part of New York Live Art’s Community Program.


Ivy Baldwin
Ivy Baldwin is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer, and founder of Ivy Baldwin Dance, Inc. Baldwin’s evening-length commissioned dance works include: Ambient Cowboy, New York Live Arts (May 2012), Here Rests Peggy, The Chocolate Factory (2010), Bear Crown, Dance Theater Workshop (2009), Could be nice, Dixon Place (2007) and premiered by La MaMa, E.T.C (2008), It’s Only Me, Dance New Amsterdam (2007), Gone Missing, Dance Theater Workshop (2006), and Now Leaving Vanderville, Dixon Place (2004). Since 1999, Baldwin’s work has also been presented in NYC by Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New Museum of Contemporary Art, P.S 122, Symphony Space, Danspace Project, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others. The Company has toured nationally and internationally including: Tanz im August in Germany, Dans Contemporan in Romania, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Washington University, and Appel Farm Performing Arts Center. Baldwin has been recognized with various awards including: Bogliasco Foundation Jerome Robbins Fellowship in Dance, New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD, ArtistNe(s)t in Bacau, Romania, Sugar Salon residency, LMCC Swing Space Program, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Yard’s Bessie Schönberg Residency, and an upcoming Kaatsbaan International Dance Center residency. Baldwin has received funding for her work from the William and Karen Tell Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and Dugas Family Foundation. Baldwin has taught and choreographed around the U.S including, Barnard College, Rutgers University, Hunter College, North Carolina School of the Arts, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, among others. Baldwin is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts.

Sidra Bell
Sidra Bell has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Recent commissions include River North Chicago Dance Company, The Ailey School, The Duo Theatre, Ballet Divertimento (Montréal), Arts Umbrella Dance Company (Vancouver), Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre (Toronto), Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Springboard Danse Montréal, National Choreographers Initiative, The Margie Gillis Foundation, Stella Adler Studio of Acting/NYU, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, LINES Ballet Training Program, University of Michigan, August Wilson Dance Center, Bessie Schönberg Choreographers Residency at The Yard, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, The Barnard Project with New York Live Arts, Ballet Austin, Mystic Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Ailey II, Tisch School of the Arts Dance/NYU, The Juilliard School, and Dance Theater Workshop. Her work has been seen at many premiere venues throughout the United States and internationally in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Canada, Aruba, Spain, France, and Greece. Bell has been commissioned for many special projects nationally and internationally. A solo work, Conductivity, won a prize for performance at the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009 and was then toured in Greece and in select German cities. She was invited back to Stuttgart for the 2011 Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival with a new work Grief Point where she received First Prize for Choreography and her dancer, Moo Kim, received First Prize for Performance. The solo will also tour Germany and Brazil in 2011/2012. Ms. Bell was selected to work as an emerging choreographer at Springboard Danse Montréal for three years and created works that were presented at Place des Arts, Piscine-théâtre, and Usine C. Bell is a sought after master teacher and has taught her unique approach to creative process, improvisation, and technique at many prestigious institutions for dance and theater throughout the United States and in Canada.

David Parker
David Parker and The Bang Group was founded in New York City in 1995. It has had eight full-evening productions presented by Dance Theater Workshop, two by Danspace Project, two by Symphony Space, three by DanceNow/NYC at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and numerous appearances at venues throughout New York City. The company has toured widely throughout North America and Europe, appearing in 13 countries and 24 states. Parker has made more than 25 commissioned works for ballet and contemporary companies in the US and in Europe, as well as for university groups and festivals. He is one of the 2011-2012 choreographers commissioned by New York Live Arts for The Barnard Project, a university partnership that emphasizes shared process between curated artists and dance students. He was also one of the choreographers commissioned in the inaugural season of The Barnard Project at Dance Theater Workshop in 2005. Parker is best known for his comic, subversive version of The Nutcracker entitled Nut/Cracked, which has been touring continuously for the past nine seasons including three return-engagements at Dance Theater Workshop, and an upcoming performance at New York Live Arts in December 2011. His choreographic reinvention of Annie Get Your Gun, called ShowDown has also been touring for the past four seasons. He has made several pieces which explore the many facets of male intimacy, best known among them is his notorious Velcro duet called Slapstuck, which won a 2002 “Bessie” Award for design, and his duet for two prone men called Bang, which gave the company its name. His latest show, Misters and Sisters, is an all-dancing, all-singing cabaret show commissioned by DanceNow/NYC. Misters and Sisters opened in New York in June 2011 and will appear at Oberon in Boston in January 2012.

Susan Rethorst
Susan Rethorst, born in 1951 in Washington D.C., began modern dance studies at an early age. Tutorials with Judith Dunn at Bennington College laid the groundwork for Rethorst’s artistic sensibility. Since 1975, Rethorst has steadily created dances out of New York City. Since 1995, she has divided her time between New York and Amsterdam, teaching choreography throughout Europe and Scandinavia and continuing to make work in both Europe and America. Rethorst’s work has been presented by The Museum of Modern Art; The Kitchen Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Marks, The Downtown Whitney Museum, among others, as well as at various dance theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the U.S. Internationally her work has been produced by The Holland Festival, Spazio Zero Rome, The Kunsthalle Basel, The Aix-en-Provence Festival, Jerusalem’s Room Festival, among others. An internationally renowned teacher of choreography, Rethorst has been instrumental in devising BA and post-graduate programs in Copenhagen, Cork, Salzburg and Amsterdam. In 2001 she initiated, along with three others, a Master’s program for the Amsterdam School of the Arts. In 2005 she started a summer program devoted to the study of choreography in Pennsylvania titled Studio Upson in Pennsylvania (SUPA), now moved to the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. In addition, she has led workshops and seminars on choreography in Helsinki, Barcelona, Jerusalem, Athens, among others; guest taught at Bennington, Ohio State University, Bard, NYU, Barnard, among others; and workshops on a choreographic approach to media in London and Amsterdam. A documentary of her teaching methods and philosophy is currently in production at La Caldera in Barcelona. Rethorst was among the first to receive a New York Dance and Performance Award (‘Bessie’) for Outstanding Achievement in 1985. In further recognition of her choreographic achievements, she has been the recipient of many grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979-1989, 1992-1995), as well as support from the Creative Artist’s Public Service Program (1979), the New York State Council on the Arts (1979-1983), the Foundation for Contemporary Performance (1988 and 2003), the New York Foundation for the Arts (1989,1993), the Ernie Pagnano Memorial Fund (1991), the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation (1992), and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1999). In 2008, Rethorst received her second Bessie for 208 East Broadway: Suitcase Dreams and in 2010 she received the prestigious Alpert Award.

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