Live Arts Plus
New York Live Arts’ Plus program is designed to allow mission-aligned performing arts organizations access to state-of-the-art facilities and support toward the growth of their work.
*Denotes Live Arts Plus Partners. The Live Arts Plus Partners programs come from our community of artists and nonprofits, and receive access to discounted space, marketing, and production opportunities.
The block is much more than a strip of pavement in an urban neighborhood. It’s a stage for both good and bad to flourish in a community and for its residents to express their hardships and triumphs. Lakaï dissects topics like toxic masculinity, racial profiling, mental health and violence as a way to self-check and self-improve our respective communities worldwide. Their 2 hour-long piece draws from Jazz, Hip Hop, and Afro-Diasporic styles while incorporating powerful spoken word and live music aspects to paint complex stories that reflect the realities of inner-city existence.
World premiere OUI DANSE with special guest artist Christine Dakin:
A challenge to the body, a dare to the imagination, a reconnection with humanity. OUI DANSE in French, means “yes dance”. “YES” for positivity, OUI / “WE” for universality.
Artistic director/choreographer Brice Mousset explores the OUI DANSE award- winning first work Travailler in an hour long re-envisioning: WORK!
Mousset draws on his education in human/biological sciences and the testimonies of burned out players in the business world to portray work conditions driven by ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality. As success infiltrates and pollutes, WORK! shows the loss of humanity with grotesque elegance, bold movement and a theatrical sensibility. WORK! follows its characters journey through the circus of the business world’s competitions, compulsions, masquerades and the desperation to escape. Combining irony, exaggeration and raw emotion, the choreography creates a world of reckless movement, technical bravura and the deceptive simplicity of pedestrian movement.
LIVE DANCE AND VIDEO: Mimi Garrard and Marcus Jarell Willis
2 premieres by Mimi Garrard will be presented and a solo by Marcus Jarell Willis. “Mimi Garrard and Dancers at the New York Live Arts displayed her creativity and a mind that is ever open to experimentation” Joel Benjamin United States Premiere “Travelling Man” for live dance and video was first performed in Cardiff, Wales to an enthusiastic audience. It is directed, and has video and sound by Mimi Garrard. The choreography is by Mimi Garrard with Marcus Jarell Willis. Marcus is a former dancer with Alvin Ailey and is an excellent choreographer who has created works on companies world- wide. World Premier, “I Celebrate Myself” was inspired by the poem “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman and features the dancer Marcus Jarell Willis. Direction, sound, and video are by Mimi Garrard.
“The program presented at New York Live Arts on November 12, 2017 was truly a presentation of Mimi’s mastery of the art of video dance making and her excellent skill at forming motion.” -Ruth Grauert
“With unusual movement and background projections we are catapulted into states of consciousness that are unfamiliar, even foreign.” -Barney Yates about program at Live Arts
Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts features choreography by modern dance legend Merce Cunningham in a MinEvent arranged and staged by Jamie Scott and Dylan Crossman expressly for Barnard and Columbia dancers. New works to premier are by David Dorfman, Amy Hall Garner, and Adrienne Truscott. Produced by the Barnard College Department of Dance and performed by Barnard and Columbia University students, this concert celebrates its fourteenth season of dance at New York Live Arts. The Cunningham MinEvent is as part of the official Merce Cunningham Centennial.
*Live Arts Plus Partner – read more about our Plus Partner program.
This year’s Eugene Lang Dance Production features works created in the Susan Rethorst Guest Artist Residency led by Jodi Melnick and Vicky Shick; guest choreographer luciana achugar; and Rebecca Stenn, Lang faculty; along with student-created works. All choreography will be performed by students of the Eugene Lang College Dance Program.
“Home to one of the more progressive collegiate dance departments in New York.” –The New York Times
Susan Rethorst is a choreographer, writer, and teacher who has been making works of modern dance since 1975. She has been active as a choreographer and teacher of choreography throughout Europe and Scandinavia since 1995. Rethorst’s work has been presented by The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, and the Whitney Museum Of American Art, as well as at various dance theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the United States. Her work has been produced internationally by The Holland Festival, Spazio Zero Rome, The Kunsthalle Basel, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Jerusalem’s Room Festival, among others. (Foundation for Contemporary Arts)
Acclaimed as a “rising choreographer” by the New Yorker and “vibrant, potent and darkly imaginative” by the New York Times, Rebecca Stenn, dancer, choreographer, educator, author, founded Rebecca Stenn Company in 1996. The company has since performed to critical acclaim and sold out houses in over 50 cities including such venues as The Copenhagen Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The Joyce Theater, BAM Fisher, The Kitchen, Danspace Project and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival among many others. The company has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and the American Music Center and has been hailed in The New York Times as “a collective force…keenly pleasurable”. Recent performances include a return to the Edinburgh Festival, The Joyce Theater Family Matinee series, and solo performances at the Rubin Museum.
Stenn has been has been a contributing editor at Dancemagazine, has published work in the International Journal of Dance and the Brooklyn Rail and most recently co-authored the newly released book, A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide. Stenn is currently on faculty at The New School and Princeton University and is Choreographer-in-Residence at Dartmouth College. She has enjoyed Artist in Residencies at numerous university and college programs including Barnard College, Montclair State University (New Works Award) and University of Wisconsin (Alumni Award) among many others. Stenn most recently performed a new duet at BAM Fisher, and recently created and premiered the final evening length work in a trilogy for Rebecca Stenn Company, which was premiered June 2018 at the Gowanus Loft. She is currently working on a commission from Women In Motion, to be premiered spring 2020. Stenn is the proud mother of Jonah and Elie Weissman.
*Live Arts Plus Partner – read more about our Plus Partner program.
When Change Comes transports audiences through a century of music, movement, and human connection in the shadow of our nation’s most defining moments. Using Mark Stuart Dance Theatre’s explosive brand of storytelling, When Change Comes follows three love stories set against the backdrops of the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and the LGBTQ Rights Movement. Danced to hit standards from the 1930’s, 1960’s, and the 2000’s, the show features 7 dancers, 3 vocalists and a 5-piece band.
When Change Comes aims to inspire and empower audiences to create positive change in their communities. This theatrical experience includes a 90 minute performance of When Change Comes followed by discussions with Mark Stuart and the cast. We will ask: how might we commit to small everyday acts of kindness, learn to truly see each other, and build empathetic dialogue about equality and tolerance.
A Movement Forward, exists as a challenge: Can we all turn seemingly small acts of kindness into a tidal wave of tolerance? Experience the magic and join the Movement…
All Student Tickets $10, use code bethechange
For more info, visit whenchangecomes.org