New York Lives Arts’ 2017-19 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA) RoseAnne Spradlin presents her latest work “Y”. Spradlin, an alumnus of Fresh Tracks (1990) who received a Bessie award in 2003, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and a US Artist Ford Fellowship in 2014 engages a cast of eight dancers: Annie Heath, Ainesh Madan, Athena Malloy, Claire Westby, Connor Voss, Doug LeCours, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, and Thomas Welsh-Huggins in an exploration of form and transformation through systems of repetition. The work asks not only, “How far can we go? What can a body do?” It also asks, “What is a body? What language does it speak?”
Y was developed during a two-year residency at Live Arts as part of the Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA) program. The Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist program was created in 2011 by New York Live Arts to support mid-career artists. The program is by invitation only and offers a salary, health benefits, two years of residency time, and a commission of a new work to premiere at New York Live Arts.
Since its inception, the Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist program has received lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and has been named for lead donors Jon Stryker and New York Live Arts board vice-chair Slobodan Randjelović. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation continues to be instrumental in one of Live Arts’ signature programs for artist development and its ongoing support is vital to the continuation of the program.