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. Raja will be working on a commission to premiere in Fall of 2020.
Since the creation of the program in 2011, Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artists have been Yasuko Yokoshi, Kyle Abraham, Okwui Okpokwasili, and RoseAnne Spradlin, whose critically acclaimed premiere of Y opened our 2018 – 19 season. Abraham and Okpokwasili went on to become MacArthur Fellows in 2013 and 2018, respectively.
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.
POSTPONED TO MAY 2021: Alter-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration
Live Ideas 2020: Alter-Worlds/Black Utopia and the Age of Acceleration will be postponed to May 2021. In the meantime, two related online events will be launched this month. 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, it has grown into a Pan African movement that encompasses artistic, academic, geopolitical and scientific investigation and production. This edition of Live Ideas, Alter-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration, will explore this second wave of Afrofuturism as the ground work for a future that is not bound up with the ideals of white Enlightenment universalism. The five-day festival will unfold at the intersection of arts, techno-culture, sci-fi, social sciences, philosophy and the imagination. See you in the future!
Live Ideas” Alter-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration is co-curated by Reynaldo Anderson in partnership with the Black Speculative Art Movement (BSAM).
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. View video of the past festivals on our youtube channel. For more information on specific years, click below.
Live Ideas 2019: AI – Are You Brave Enough for a Brave New World?
Live Ideas 2018: Radical Vision, co-curated with Brian Tate | The Tate Group and the Hannah Arendt Center
Live Ideas 2017 : Mx’d Messages, Curated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond
Live Ideas 2016: MENA/Future – Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region
Live Ideas 2015: S K Y – Force and Wisdom in America Today, Curated by Laurie Anderson
Live Ideas 2014: James Baldwin, This Time!
Live Ideas 2013: The Worlds of Oliver Sacks
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 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.
Live Arts is honored to announce the four commissioned artists of The VOTE Project installation, on view at the Ford Foundation Live Gallery later this month: Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Stephon Senegal, and Hong Wu.
The VOTE Project will be available for in-person viewing October 19th – December 1st at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street.
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