New York Live Arts is committed to furthering the creation of new work by artists at all stages of their careers. Through signature programs such as t Resident Commissioned Artist, Live Feed residencies and more, Live Arts provides artists with vital resources for research, development, and the creation of new dance and performance.

Live Artery

New York Live Arts dynamic showcase of new and recent works by resident and commissioned artists. Presented during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, Live Artery 2018 will feature excerpts of recently premiered works and work-in-progress presentations by artists commissioned by Live Arts, Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and guests.


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

Live Ideas

Radical Vision

Co-curated with Brian Tate | The Tate Group and New York Live Arts in partnership with The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College

April 18-22, 2018
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Radical Vision is informed by a desire to find the temerity to change the things we cannot accept.  How do we not simply protect democracy, but make it stronger?  What are new (radical) ways forward—ways that go to the roots of our current democratic crisis?  The festival will present five days of activity around the idea of an open society, to imagine its future and understand its past.  Through public forums, performances, readings and workshops, we will conduct a forward-looking, critical appraisal of key democratic institutions including the press, technology corporations, criminal justice, electoral process.  

Live Ideas is an annual humanities festival of arts and ideas, exploring the ideas, controversies and thinking informing a different bodily-oriented theme each time out. Past festivals have included The Worlds of Oliver Sacks, James Baldwin, This Time!, SKY-Force and Wisdom in America Today, curated by Laurie Anderson, and MENA/Future-Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region.

View video of the past festivals on our youtube channel.

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Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist

The Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist program was created in 2011 by New York Live Arts to address what we perceive to be an overall lack of support for 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. Select works will then be chosen for a fully produced national and/or international tour managed by New York Live Arts.

RoseAnne Spradlin is the 2017-18 Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA). This award continues a long relationship with New York Live Arts and Dance Theater Workshop, beginning with Fresh Tracks in 1990, and several presentations and commissions since.  RoseAnne will be working on a commission to premiere in Fall of 2018. 

Live Feed

The Live Feed creative residency program is a laboratory for the development of new commissioned work directed toward our theater. Informal public showings offer a sneak peek into each resident artist’s process and ideas before they hit our stage. Each showing takes place within the intimate working space of the Live Arts studio and is followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by special guests and Live Arts staff.

Fresh Tracks

New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks Program is New York City’s leading, season-long residency and performance opportunity for artists exploring hybrid and movement-based work at the early stages of their careers. Created in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop, Fresh Tracks continues as a signature program in New York Live Arts’ newly minted “New Work Development Program.” Designed as a springboard for intensive choreographic, administrative and creative development, Fresh Tracks is a pioneer opportunity in the field, positioning early career artists at a unique vantage point within Live Arts’ annual programming.

Unfolding over the course of Live Arts’ regular presenting season, the Fresh Tracks Program provides five artists with a 50-hour studio residency, a professionally-produced shared evening bill in the New York Live Arts theater, an artistic fee, one-on-one dialogue sessions with the program’s Artistic Adviser, professional development workshops led by established professionals from the field and extensive support from Live Arts’ Marketing, Production and Programming staff.

Fresh Tracks Artists 1965-2016