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.
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.
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.
Raja Feather Kelly is the 2019 – 2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA). Raja has also been awarded a New York Dance Performance “Bessie” Award, a Bessie Schonberg Fellowship at The Yard, a DanceWEB Scholarship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, a HERE Arts Fellowship, 2018 Creator-in-Residence at Kickstarter, and a Choreography Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU.
INCOMING 2021 – 2022 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA):
Faye Driscoll in Space, Photo by Maira Baranova
As the sixth RCA, 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?
Since the creation of the program in 2011, Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artists have been Yasuko Yokoshi, Kyle Abraham (MacArthur Genius Fellow 2013), Okwui Okpokwasili (MacArthur Genius Fellow 2018), RoseAnne Spradlin, and Raja Feather Kelly, whose world premiere of the dance-theatre speculative documentary WEDNESDAY was postponed to Live Arts’ 2021 season.
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.
Bill’s Diary: Pause/Intermission is an intimate look into the ways Bill T. and the company continue their creative explorations in the midst of COVID-19. This will include photos, videos, texts, songs, classes/workshops, and other artistic inspirations as well as live-streamed discussions between Jones and guests.
The Fresh Tracks 2019-2020 residency has been extended through to 2021. Over the course of their extended residency, the cohort will continue to meet, take workshops, and present a new work created throughout the residency. Auditions for the 2021 season will be announced in Spring 2021.
New York Live Arts look forward to spending another season with Ahn Vo, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Annie Heath, Kayla Hamilton and Stuart B. Meyers as they will continue under the tutelage of their current advisor Nia Love.
Created in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop, Fresh Tracks continues as a signature program in New York Live Arts. 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.
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 artist fee, professional development workshops led by established professionals from the field and extensive support from Live Arts’ Marketing, Production and Programming staff. The artists will be mentored by the program’s Artistic Advisor Nia Love.
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, a one-on-one dialogue session 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.
Live Ideas 2021
Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration
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!
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 2021 technical difficulties experienced on January 12th were caused by unexpected system updates. INTERSPACE is up and running and we look forward to hosting you at our rescheduled events:
Wednesday, Jan 13th, 2021
6:00pm – 7:30pm EST: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Raphael Xavier, Vanessa Anspaugh, The Future is Present, Ni’Ja Whitson, Emily Johnson / Catalyst (in order of appearance)
7:30pm EST (Runtime 40 minutes): PRIMETIME: RAJA FEATHER KELLY’S HYSTERIA
Thank for your understanding and patience!
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 2021 edition of Live Artery, a platform for new and recent works by New York Live Arts’ commissioned artists and curated guests, is presented in part in a dynamic 3D environment where artists can share their work and network with presenters and guests. Each day concludes with a Primetime screening of recent performances commissioned by New York Live Arts and open to the public. Live Artery provides an opportunity to bring to the forefront the vitality of today’s dance and performing arts community as they reinvigorate and reimagine the future of live arts and touring.
In the last few years, before the world went on pause, Live Artery has grown to become an important destination during the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference, creating a space for American artists to share their work with presenters that have led to engagements and commissions here and abroad. The roster of artists have included Kyle Abraham, Jack Ferver, Marjani Forté, Joanna Kotze, Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, Okwui Okpokwasili, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and many more.
And the artists kept going.
Live Artery celebrates the beginning of a new year (and we have earned this one), a symbol of renewal and hope. It is also a testament to the resilience of artists and their indefatigable courage and ability to imagine a future when there seemed to be none.
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, Nick Cave and Bob Faust, Derrick Adams, Avram Finkelstein and Rodrigo Moreira.
Concept and Design by Raja Feather Kelly
Photography by Kate Enman
Film Editing by Laura Snow
Sound for Performance by Raja Feather Kelly and Remy Kurs
Lighting Design by Tuce Yasak
Production Assistance: Ami Gernux, Brandi Holt, and Nick Hall
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: The VOTE Project
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
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.
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