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Curating the End of the World: Red Spring

Powered by Powered by Google Arts & Culture Scholar Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, and curators Sheree Renée Thomas, Danielle L. Littlefield, and Dacia Polk with Black Speculative Arts Movement, return to New York Live Arts with an online exhibition titled

Sun, May 2, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
*Live Streaming Tkts + Video On Demand
@ New York Live Arts Theater
Miriam Barbosa Dance: TRANSCENDING

Javier Dzul & Miriam Barbosa, Choreography Franck Raharinosy & Daria Savishkina, Sound Meditation Instrumentation Michael Ulmer, Music Marcela Bragagnolo, Multimedia Design Essay Video, Production Company TRANSCENDING, an exploration of different vibrational aspects of sound and movement performed and choreographed by Miriam Barbosa (Miriam Barbosa Dance) and Javier Dzul (Dzul Dance)...

Online Virtual Event
May 10, 2021 @ 7pm ET
Tickets on Sale April 26
2021 Digital Live Ideas Gala: Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration

In light of the ongoing limitations on gathering and the safety of our community remaining our top priority, we are excited to move forward with a Digital Gala on Monday, May 10th, 2021. Our digital event will be followed by Supper in the Street, a dinner party hosted in Fall 2021...

Featured Online

Originally scheduled as part of our 2020 Live Ideas Festival, we are elated to share that The Guild of Future Architects‘ project, Traveling the Interstitium with Octavia Butler. The human interstitium is the fluid space between cell walls and organs. In this mesmerizing interactive WebXR experience, the interstitium is the liminal space where...

Grand Opening - May 11
on view
May 11-15
Live Arts Lobby, Theater, Studios
daily hours specific to location please see below
Live Ideas 2021 - Installations

The festival kicks off May 11 at 7:00pm for the public in-person opening of three visual installations available and free to view, daily hours below. Grand Opening – May 11 Jasmine Murrell: Freeing yourself … located in Live Arts Theater and Lobby 3LD & Renegade Performance Group:...

Wed, May 12 @ 6pm-7:15pm (ET)
@ INTERSPACE - Live Arts Virtual Environment
Insighting and Foresighting: The Extraordinary Prescience of Octavia Butler

A Conversation with adrienne maree brown and Ayana Jamieson It is apparent that Octavia E. Butler has been showing us the future with uncanny accuracy.  She showed us the consequences of depleting our natural resources, she wrote about the effects of Climate Change, the uneven wrath...

Wed, May 12 @ 7pm-9pm (EST)
Thurs, May 13, 7pm-9pm (EST)
@ INTERSPACE - Live Arts Virtual Environment
BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT: Selected works - Curating the End of The World & Red Spring

INTERSPACE opens on May 12 featuring selected works from the first two installments of Live Arts’ previously unveiled massive online exhibitions presented by BSAM:Curating the End of the World (organizers Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Tiffany E. Barber and Stacey Robinson) and...

Wed, May 12 & Thurs-Fri May 13-14 @ 8:30pm
@ New York Live Arts Studios
Drexciya Redux: An Afrofuturist Cabaret

In collaboration with 3LD and Renegade Performance Group with MX OOPS & TRIGGERED MUSIC, Epsii Proctor, UFly Mothership, André M. Zachery and more Audiences will be submerged inside Drexciya Redux: An Afrofuturist Cabaret in the 3rd floor studio transformed into...

Live Arts:
Thurs-Fri, May 13-14 @ 7:00pm
Tickets start at $45 each (sold in set of 2)

Times Square:
(Father Duffy Square @ 46th & Broadway)
Sat May 15 @ 7:00pm
Free with RSVP

Online streaming:
May 14-15 @ 7pm (ET) tickets below
@ New York Live Arts Theater
Saul Williams: The Motherboard Suite

Saul Williams and musical collaborators Maria Bauman, Kayla Farrish, Marjani Forté-Saunders, d. Sabela grimes, Jasmine Hearn, and Shamel Pitts. The Motherboard Suite brings to life a suite of music by musician, poet, actor Saul Williams inspired by his multi-tiered project MartyrLoserKing.  Directed by...

5pm- 7pm (ET)
@ INTERSPACE - Live Arts Virtual Environment

Demo 1 INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale’s Tim Fielder Under the Hood Art Demonstration Conducted by: Tim Fielder This live art presentation will focus on the techniques of visual afrofuturism utilized for the groundbreaking graphic novel, INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale, published by HarperCollins Amistad.  The artwork, produced by author/illustrator, Tim Fielder,...

Fri, May 14 @ 1pm-5:30pm (ET)
Symposium - Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and the Age of Acceleration

“To create high art—work that is functional and aesthetically “cool” or pleasing—in the face of those who would deny its very existence, declaim it as “primitive,”… is itself an act of resistance that subverts the master narrative that suggests our work is imitative or inconsequential, incapable of rising...

FRI, May 14 @
8pm–11pm (ET)
@ INTERSPACE - Live Arts Virtual Environment

Join us for the Alter-Worlds (( Cosmic Funk )) After Party on Twitch! [ ]With panelists and DJs Stacey Robinson & tobias c. van Veen throwing down Afrofuturist cuts from across the cosmos, from outerspace dub and funk to interstellar hip-hop, from Detroit techno...

Panel, Screening & Conversation
Sat, May 15 @ 12-4pm (EST)
@ INTERSPACE - Live Arts Virtual Environment
Re:INCARNATION and Afrobeats, Migration and Entrepreneurship

12p – 1:15pm Panel: UPCYCLING MOVEMENT REVOLUTIONS: AFROBEATS FROM NIGERIAN STREETS TO WORLD STAGES – ART VALUE AND AGENCY Onye Ozuzu, Qudus Onikeku, Adila Omotosho, Ambrose Idemudia in conversation, moderated by d. Sabela grimes and hosted by Osubi Craig Panel conversation exploring the Afrobeats dance movement with a...

Sat, May 15 @ 8pm-10pm
Times Square
Father Duffy Square
at 46th &Broadway
Cosplay @ Time Square

(Father Duffy Square at 46th and Broadway) In partnership with BSAM, Lot Radio, and Times Square Arts Immediately following the performance of The Motherboard Suite in Time Square, the Lot Radio will spin Techno and new sounds from the African Diaspora.  Come to Time Square in your most imaginative Afrofuturistic...

Park Avenue Armory
Rescheduled for May 19 - 26
sold out
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Afterwardsness

We are happy to share the rescheduled dates for Afterwardsness, commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory as part of its Social Distance Hall season. Originally slated to premiere on March 24 and now taking place May 19 – 26, 2021, the production was postponed when members of the Bill T....