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.
The 2021-2022 Randjelović/Stryker RCA, Faye Driscoll, is known for crafting an alchemy of bodies and voices, objects and live sound to open new intimacies that grapple with power and presence, as well as yearning and absence. Driscoll’s new work, Waves (working title) is a choreography of persistent, oscillating entanglement. In it, ripples of light, singing, sound and skin surge into currents that crest and cascade through bodies awash in the physicality of touch. It will have its world premiere at Live Arts in 2023.
Driscoll’s new work Waves (working title) is a choreography of persistent, oscillating entanglement. In it, ripples of light, singing, sound and skin surge into currents that crest and cascade through bodies awash in the physicality of touch. Waves radiates throughout the space, through voices, through audiences, through objects. It asks: how can we know this flesh through, and beyond, its limitations? What forces sustain us as we struggle, push, flood and disappear into each other?
Photo by Bea Borgers
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.
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!
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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
ABOUT FRESH TRACKS
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 58th 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 2022-2023 season will continue to follow the updated version of the Fresh Tracks Residency Program:
- Live Arts will produce a new work in the theater with a 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 Artery 2023!
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.
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Presented during the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference (APAP), the 2023 edition of Live Artery features work of New York Live Arts’ residency artists and curated guests. Live Artery will present in-person performances and excerpts or works-in-progress showings in the studio and theater at New York Live Arts.
Live Artery provides a space for artists to network and share their work with presenters from around the world which has led to commissions, tours and the building of long-term relationships.
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