Alice Sheppard / Kinetic Light


New York Live Arts Theater
MAR 22-24, 7:30PM
Tickets $10 / $20 / $65

Performed on an architectural ramp installation with hills, curves and peaks, DESCENT celebrates the pleasure of reckless abandon. Obliterating assumptions of what dance, beauty, and disability can be, this evening-length duet takes audiences on a transformative ride. Andromeda and Venus, reimagined as interracial lovers, claim their desire as wheels fly within inches of the ramp’s edges. Their spines soften to taste the subtle pulls of gravity and arch into the sumptuous light.

  • 60 minute performance w/20 minute intermission
  • Audio description provided (please note in the comments section of your ticket order)
  • ASL interpretation provided for pre and post show announcements (the performance has no text)
  • Entire front row is dedicated to wheelchair accessible seating

NOTE: Please share any specific access requests in the comments form of your ticket, in order to help our Front of House team prepare to welcome you.

New York Live Arts is an accessible venue. The lobby is accessible via the double doors to the left of the revolving door at 219 W 19th Street. All gender wheelchair accessible restrooms are available in the lobby. The front row wheelchair seating dedicated for this performance is accessed by elevator. If you have questions about access, please contact our Client Services Coordinator by email at or call 212.691.6500 (voice only):

Monday – Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 1pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 8pm

Please call (212)691-6500×200 or email with your name, phone number, email address, date(s) you are hoping to get a ticket, and if the seating is general or wheelchair access. The box office will call you if/when a ticket becomes available.


– Box office opens 3:00pm – pick up tickets before dinner and skip the lines
– Lobby bar opens 6:30 pm
– Tactile experience & audio description demos start at 6:30 pm
– Theatre opens at 7:00 pm
– Show begins at 7:30 pm
– DESCENT Part One
– Intermission (20 minutes)
– DESCENT Part Two
– Post-Show Meet & Greet w/Artists in the lobby

DESCENT was made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Dance/NYC’s Disability. Dance. Artistry Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation with additional support provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. DESCENT was also supported by Dancers’ Group’s CA$H grant program, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., and the Yip Harburg Foundation.