Programs

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 the Randjelović/Stryker 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.

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.

Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist

The Randjelović/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.

As the sixth RCA, Faye Driscoll begins her residency after completing her lauded multi-year Thank You For Coming series of performances that reimagined the relationship between the creator and her audiences. Known for crafting an alchemy of bodies and voices, objects and live sound, Driscoll opens new intimacies that grapple with power and presence, as well as yearning and absence. In her new range of explorations — which began pre-covid — Driscoll extended these inquiries into exhibitions and audio works, moving into new realms of exchange. Her recent Guided Choreographies for the Living and the Dead are a series of guided experiences that take place in gallery spaces, theaters and at home. The new work to be premiered as part of her RCA residency will continue this foray into the possibilities and impossibilities of human connection in our time. Driscoll asks: Who or what do we allow to touch us? Lovers, parents, friends, grocery store clerks, data miners, surveillance systems, facial recognition software, and drones? How are we altered? Where is our body, and how far does it extend?

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
The five amazing artists selected for the 57th year of the Fresh Tracks in Our Season of Anniversaries are (alphabetical by last name):  

Jessica Cook
John Maria Gutierrez
Lilach Orenstein
Majesty Royale
Maleek Washington

New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks Residency & Performance program is a season-long residency for emerging movement-based artists in support of new work creation and professional development. This season marks the 57th year of Fresh Tracks which was a signature program of Dance Theater Workshop created in 1965 to bring new choreographic artistry to the forefront.

The 2021-2022 season will unroll the revamped version of Fresh Tracks:

    • Live Arts will produce a new work in the theater in the shared program developed during the residency.
    • The professional development workshops and meetings will in part focus on applying learned knowledge and skills towards the shared production.

Five artists will be selected for the program who will receive a 50-hour studio residency, $3000 fee, working with Artistic Advisor nia love, take part in professional development workshops led by renowned professionals from the field, exclusive access to Live Arts’ Communications, Development, Production and Programming staff, a Live Core Artist Membership and a fully-produced shared program in the New York Live Arts theater.

Live Ideas

Live Ideas 2021
Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration
May 11-15

Live Ideas 2021: Altered-Worlds/Black Utopia and the Age of Acceleration will be a hybrid festival May 11-15, 2021 with virtual and live in-person programming! Scroll down for more information!
Prior to visiting New York Live Arts, please review our Staff & Audience Covid Test/Vaccine requirements.

 


Contemporary Afrofuturism may be defined as an emerging social philosophy of the African diaspora and Africa. Today, partly because of a crisis in globalization, social media and other technological advances, second wave Afrofuturism is emerging as the High Culture of the African diaspora and is the cultural vibranium of a rising virtual African civilization. The 2021 edition of Live Ideas, Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration, will explore this second wave of Afrofuturism as an alternative to the social anomie, reactionary impulses and neo-fascism of late capitalism. The five-day inter-disciplinary hybrid festival will unfold across multiple dimensions and brings together an illustrious group of artists, writers, thinkers, activists including Tiffany E. Barber, adrienne maree brown, d. Sabela grimes, Ayana Jamieson, John Jennings, Ari Melenciano, Jasmine Murrell, Qudus Onikeku, Rasheedah Phillips, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Sheree Renée Thomas, tobias c. van Veen, Saul Williams, André M. Zachery, and many more.

Live Ideas 2021 is co-curated by Reynaldo Anderson and New York Live Arts in partnership with the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM).

The five-day hybrid festival will unfold across multiple dimensions at the intersection of arts, techno-culture, sci-fi, social sciences, philosophy and the imagination.  Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of The Motherboard Suite featuring Saul Williams and six choreographers and directed by Bill T. Jones, an interactive  installation by Jasmine Murrell, a symposium delving into second wave Afrofuturism, an immersive Afrofuturist Cabaret, an exploration of Afrobeats and entrepreneurship through the work of Nigerian choreographer Qudus Onikeku,  and more. 

Live Ideas Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration  is co-curated by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson in partnership with the Black Speculative Art Movement (BSAM).

Flyer artwork: Dr. Nettrice Gaskins

 

Live Artery

New York Live Arts’ dynamic platform of new and recent works by resident commissioned artists and curated guests. Presented during the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference, Live Artery featured excerpts of recently premiered works and work-in-progress presentations.

The 11th edition of Live Artery returns as Virtual Artery, featuring the work of New York Live Arts residency artists and curated guests. Due to the recent pandemic developments and impact of the new variant, all in-person Live Artery events have been moved to a presenter dedicated digital program or postponed to later this Spring 2022. Virtual Artery will stream performances that have been previously shown at New York Live Arts to be enjoyed at the viewer’s leisure. Showcasing the latest work from some of the most relevant performance and movement artists, this annual program provides an opportunity to bring to the forefront the vitality of today’s dance and performing arts community, not only to New York but across the country and beyond. Live Artery will be presented virtually, Tuesday, January 13th – Friday, January 17th.

For Virtual Artery, one of five full-length performances will be released to stream daily starting January 13 including: NARCISSUS by Christopher Williams* (released Jan 13), light and desire by Colleen Thomas* (released Jan 14), 2021 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award winning The Motherboard Suite by Saul Williams with Maria Bauman, Kayla Farrish, Marjani Forté-Saunders, d. Sabela grimes, Jasmine Hearn, and Shamel Pitts (released Jan 15), Live Arts 2019 – 2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA) Raja Feather Kelly and the feath3r theory’s WEDNESDAY (released Jan 16), and Kenyon Adams’ Prayers of The People by (released Jan 17). All streams will be available through January 31. *Indicates artist is part of Live Arts’ Live Feed creative residency and commissioning program.

The following in-progress showings and other presentations will be available digitally for presenters and producers: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Curriculum: Love, Death and Robots, 2021-2022 Randjelović/Stryker RCA Faye Driscoll’s Oh Holy, Hole!, Vanessa Anspaugh’s Mourning, Emily Johnson’s Being Future Being, Brandon Powers’s DUET, Lacina Coulibaly’s Until The Lion Tells the Story, There is No Glory, Shamel Pitts I TRIBE’s Touch of Red, and Performing Tech: 4 Perspectives featuring presentations by Annie Dorsen, LaJuné McMillian, Brandon Powers and Heidi Boisvert & Kat Mustatea, followed by a performance of Lizardly by Boisvert & Mustatea will be streamed at 3pm on January 15 and available through January 31. Presenters and producers can access these events for free with RSVP.

Ford Foundation Live Gallery

The Ford Foundation Live Gallery, located in the lobby of New York Live Arts, features site-specific works throughout the year. Past artists have included Rashaad Newsome, Donald Baechler, Kiki Smith, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Robert Longo, Bjorn Amelan, For Freedoms/Hank Willis Thomas, Zoe Buckman and Natalie Frank, Nat Ward, Jonathan Allen, Jasmine Murrell, Nick Cave and Bob Faust, Derrick Adams, Avram Finkelstein and Rodrigo Moreira.

To review New York Live Arts’ best practices guidelines and reopening plan, visit our website. Visitor protocols Live Arts has put in place for both gallery shows and lobby activations include:

Pictured above:Bjorn Amelan Image by Maria Baranova

In/Between: An Annual Immigrant Artist Exhibition

Initiated in 2019 by artist Yanira Castro as part of her Live Feed residency at New York Live Arts, In/Between is an annual immigrant artist group exhibition created by curators Yanira Castro, Martita Abril and Poppy DeltaDawn. It is developed in partnership with New York Live Arts and New York Foundation for the Art’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. The purpose of In/Between is to support the work of immigrant artists from the NYFA program by exhibiting their work and sharing it with the public, thereby increasing visibility and conversation around the work of immigrant artists. The name In/Between reflects on the multiplicity of immigrant artists’ experiences, identities, practices, and politics, while also speaking to what they have in common: the experience of displacement and the work of communicating, finding, and forming community.

Online viewing open NOW; in-person Sept. 8 through Oct. 2, 2020

ABOUT THE CURATORS

Yanira Castro

Martita Abril

Poppy DeltaDawn


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development.

Through the Immigrant Artist Program (IAP), the New York Foundation for the Arts is building and serving a community of artists with diverse backgrounds who share the experience of immigration. We connect artists with services and resources to foster their creative careers, gain support and exposure for their work, and integrate into the cultural world of New York and beyond while upholding their distinct identities.

Past Events

Catch and stream our performances and events from this year!

Currently available to watch:

Holly Bass, Money Maker, Oct 2020

Bill Chats: Ricardo Montez, Oct 202