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.

Live Ideas

Live Ideas 2020
Alter-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration
May 13-17
Tickets on sale early Spring

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. The 2020 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.

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, MENA/Future-Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region, Mx’d Messages curated by Mx. Justin Vivian Bondand RADICAL VISION co-curated with Brian Tate | The Tate Group and the Hannah Arendt Center, and AI: Are You Brave Enough for The Brave New World?.

View video of the past festivals on our youtube channel.


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.

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 YokoshiKyle AbrahamOkwui 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.

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

We’re ecstatic to announce our 2019 – 2020 Fresh Tracks resident artists! Congratulations to Anh Vo, Annie Heath, Jordan Lloyd, Kayla Hamilton and Stuart B Meyers!

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.

Fresh Tracks Artists 1965-2019

Live Artery

Presenter Reservations are available with proper credentials. Presenters please RSVP here.

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.

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 Donald Baechler, Kiki Smith, 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.

Currently on-view:

FIVE SFMOMA Prints serve as an expansion of the digital data captured during his 2016 FIVE SFMOMA performance. Using 3D data obtained during the live performance, he translated the fierce, spiraling movements of five vogue dancers to the two-dimensional surface of the prints. In collaboration with Tamarind Institute, ten plates were created and printed using traditional lithographic methods. In keeping with his expansive, interdisciplinary method of working, Newsome brought 3D printing and collage into the project, incorporating three-dimensional printed forms, and collaged images of the of dancers body into each print. The suite includes five distinct prints representing each of the five dancers. This series incorporates a complex layering of performance, ephemeral and recorded movement, traditional printing and digital technology, bringing a new vibrancy and dimensionality to the printed surface.
Interdisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome’s multipart project, Black Magic, at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and New York Live Arts, is a holistic reflection on agency, Blackness, and the futurity of intersectional identities and oppression. To Be Real, is an exhibition of all new work in collage and sculpture. At the conceptual center of To Be Real, which takes its name from Cheryl Lynn’s 1977 queer anthem, is Newsome’s ‘child,’ a cloud-based, A.I. being named Being (2019), whose mind has been populated with the works of radical authors, revolutionaries, theorists such as Paulo Freire, Michel Foucault, bell hooks, Janet Mock, and the like. Being acts as a critical guide to the exhibition, exploring ideas agency and hegemony within artificial intelligence. Also on view is Ancesista a fully 3D version of the neo cubist figures seen in the more 2D collages suspended in a Vogue dip. Though formally it takes an assemblage approach, it is analogous to cubism, which is heavily investigated in many of the works in the exhibition. The substrate is an African mahogany torso of a non-binary figure, who’s face is inspired by the female Pho mask from the Chokwe peoples of the Congo. As a way to queer the object, the lower body is a lifelike sex doll, thus making the work one to one of the figures in the collages. Outfitted in drag padding, a custom wig, acrylic nails, high heel boots, and a costume that fuses traditional African and drag ballroom aesthetics, the piece draws from life itself – intuitive, honest and tied to the culture that inspired it.