Season at a glance

 
JAN 16-20, 10AM-12PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Open Company Class

Open Company Classes with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is rooted in the style of the Company as developed by Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong. Progressing from somatic floor work to standing exercises, technical and creative challenges culminate in lush, expressive phrase work. Class schedule below: Tue 1/16:

Jan 20 at 2PM, Jan 21 at 1PM & 4PM
Alumni Concert: Jan 20 at 7:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Ellen Robbins: Dances by Very Young Choreographers

For over 20 years, Ellen Robbins has worked with young dancers from ages 5 to 18, helping them to stretch their technical modern dance skills and their imaginations in a warm and supportive atmosphere where improvisation reigns. The works in Dances by Very Young Choreographers can be humorous, dramatic, lyrical,...

Jan 22, 7PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
BILL CHATS: Salman Rushdie

The second Bill Chats will feature Bill T. Jones in conversation with British Indian author and essayist Salman Rushdie.

JAN 25-27, 8PM
FEB 1-3, 8PM
FEB 8-10, 8PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Lumberyard: KEI TAKEI’S MOVING EARTH ORIENT SPHERE | ROBBIE MCCAULEY | DANA REITZ

LUMBERYARD In The City Winter Festival at New York Live Arts Kei Takei’s Moving Earth Orient Sphere JAN 25-27, 8PM TICKETS LIGHT, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest) is a choreographic meditation on sacrifice that depicts the archetypal cycle of life and death through the image of the blossoming of bamboo flowers (which...

Feb 1-3, 8PM
@ Meany Hall, Seattle, WA
 
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy Trilogy

Bill T. Jones with Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong, and his company, developed three evening-length works titled Analogy: A Trilogy. The complete trilogy brings into light the different types of war we fight and, in particular, the war within ourselves. Works to be performed are Analogy/Dora:Tramontane (Feb 1), Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka the Escape...

Feb 12, 7PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Open Spectrum: Open Spectrum III

Live Arts continues its Open Spectrum Community Dialogues providing space for reflection on the most vital issues facing communities today.

FEB 18, 7PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Fred Astaire Midtown Dance Studios: A Night in Vegas

Presenting show dances of all styles, prepared by the students and professionals of the Fred Astaire Midtown Dance Studio.

Feb 21-24, 7:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Bebe Miller Company & Susan Rethorst: The Making Room

NYC premiere The Making Room is an investigation into innovative ways of sharing the creative process from start to premiere. Organized by Bebe Miller Company, the project brings together choreographers Bebe Miller and Susan Rethorst to generate a joint experience of the choreographic process. Audiences follows the artists’ engagement in each...

FEB 24, 2PM-4PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Bebe Miller Company & Susan Rethorst: Shared Practice

In Shared Practice workshops, Live Arts season artists share the physical and creative practices behind their work. Each process focused session provides participants an opportunity to recharge their own artistry by experiencing different approaches to making and moving with similarly-motivated professionals.

MAR 2, 7PM | MAR 3, 1PM & 5PM | MAR 4, 2PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Ballet Academy East: 2018 Winter Performance

The Ballet Academy East 2018 Winter Performance presents the talented students of the Pre-Professional Division in a diverse program guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. The program will include George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht Ballet, staged by Darla Hoover, and world premieres by Jenna Lavin and Daniel Ulbricht.

THIS EVENT WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE.
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
BILL CHATS - Rescheduled

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE. Please check back here for updates. New York Live Arts popular series, Bill Chats returns, featuring Bill T. Jones in dialogue with writers, scholars, visual artists and activists.

Mar 6-10, 7:30PM, | Mar 10, 2PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
BalletNext: Spring Season

New choreography by Michele Wiles with special guest artist Jazz trumpet legend Tom Harrell, Deaf choreographer and dancer Bailey Vincent, Dancers Violetta Komyshan, Egle Andreikaite, Alice Regnouf and others.

MAR 17, 2PM-4PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Joanna Kotze: Shared Practice

In Shared Practice workshops, Live Arts season artists share the physical and creative practices behind their work. Each process focused session provides participants an opportunity to recharge their own artistry by experiencing different approaches to making and moving with similarly-motivated professionals.

MAR 19-23, 10AM-12PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Open Company Class

Open Company Classes with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is rooted in the style of the Company as developed by Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong. Progressing from somatic floor work to standing exercises, technical and creative challenges culminate in lush, expressive phrase work.

Mar 23 & 24, 6PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Kaneza Schaal: Live Feed In-Process - The Cotillion

The Cotillion is a companion piece to Schaal’s Jack & Jill and expands the investigation of ceremonial entrances into society. From re-entry into society after prison, to ‘entering society’ at debutante balls, The Cotillion draws on traditions of...

MAR 25
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Arnie Zane: A Celebration of Arnie Zane

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Arnie Zane’s passing. This full day of events is the beginning of a year long celebration of the multi-faceted artist and co-founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Join us for a live engagement of performances, workshops, discussions, and gallery installations.

Mar 28-31, 7:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Joanna Kotze: What will we be like when we get there

World premiere Bessie Award winner Joanna Kotze presents What will we be like when we get there, a new interdisciplinary dance performance created with long time collaborators Netta Yerushalmy (dancer/choreographer), Jonathan Allen (visual artist) and Ryan Seaton (composer/musician). This team investigates physical, emotional, and artistic spectrums while reflecting on personal...

April 2-6, 2018 10:00 - 4:00pm
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Thinkers & Movers: Sprung

Located in the heart of Chelsea, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry, a place where thinking and movement meet the future. With an emphasis on live gathering, collaboration & community building, we are happy to announce SPRUNG, our annual Spring Break workshop for...

April 4-7, 8PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Jack Ferver: Everything is Imaginable

World premiere Jack Ferver’s interdisciplinary performance work, Everything Is Imaginable, juxtaposes the lives, virtuosity and fantasies of its five queer performers. In turns manic and poetic, the work addresses ideas of genre, sexuality, success, friendship, and loss. Ferver is joined by American Ballet Theater principal James Whiteside, principal dancer with Martha Graham...

Apr 13 & 14, 6PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Kimberly Bartosik/daela: Live Feed In-Process - Untitled (1-2)

Kimberly Bartosik explores faith, ecstasy, and violence within specific, radical religious practices in Untitled (1-2). This two-phase, dual-venue work delves into her experiences of growing up in North Carolina and her family’s embrace of Born-Again Christianity and Charismatic rituals. The Live Feed creative residency program...

Monday, April 16th, 2018
@ Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
 
2018 Live Ideas Gala: Radical Vision

MONDAY APRIL 16TH, 2018 HIGHLINE BALLROOM, NYC CATERING BY BITE FESTIVE ATTIRE GALA CO-CHAIRS RUTH & STEPHEN HENDEL AND SLOBODAN RANDJELOVIC & JON STRYKER HOST ANNA DEAVERE SMITH PRESENTING THE LIVE IDEAS HONOR TO ELIZABETH A. SACKLER, public historian, social activist, Founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the...

APR 18, 6:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Contents Under Pressure: Democracy In Crisis

OPENING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION Democracy is “the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”  – Winston Churchill. Liberal Democracy has always been tested, but today the threats seem especially serious and the stakes higher than before – particularly in...

APR 19, 5:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Bending Towards Justice?

It is widely known that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and that people of color are disproportionately affected.  Adam Foss, Meg Reiss, Michelle Jones, Steven Teles, and David Dagan and moderator Max Kenner debate the current state and...

APR 19, 8PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Spiritrials

In Spiritrials, addiction, religion and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program.  A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multidimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance. Writer/performer Dahlak Brathwaite weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional,...

Apr 19-21, 4pm
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Public Reading on Democracy

Artists will read seminal texts on democracy by such radical visionaries as Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Audre Lorde, Harriet Tubman, Yuri Kochiyama, Gloria Anzaldúa, Berta Cáceres, Grace Lee Boggs, Abraham Lincoln, Harvey Milk, Henry David Thoreau, Alexis de Tocqueville, and others.  

APR 20, 5:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
The Press + The Resistance

Thomas Jefferson wrote that if forced to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” A free press was so important to the Founding Fathers that they included its protection in the First Amendment, alongside...

APR 20, 8PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
The End of Journalism

A monologue by Mike Daisey. The End of Journalism explores how journalism in America ended, peeling back layers of “real” and “fake” news to find the darkly hilarious truth about the world we’ve made. Daisey is hailed as the pre-eminent monologist in the American theater...

APR 21, 1PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Hands-on Politics

Tocqueville argued in Democracy in America (1835-40) that Americans showed how democracy in the modern world might look: when they want something done, they form democratic associations to accomplish it. Just fifty or sixty years ago, one in four people held leadership positions in local politics. Today, most of us...

APR 21, 3:15PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
By the People?

Are free and open elections at odds with the democratic process? In the face of gerrymandering, voter suppression, campaign finance abuse, election tampering, and a disillusioned electorate, is now the time to reinvigorate our electoral system, or get rid of it?  What are the alternatives? Join us for...

APR 21, 5:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Has Democracy Been Hacked?

Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple: Big Tech has a hand in everything we do: what we think, what we buy, how we vote… And as seen by the last presidential campaign, the tech companies that wield such tremendous influence over our lives are themselves subject to interference and manipulation....

APR 21, 8PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Resistance & Friends

An evening of cutting-edge performances hosted by Drag King Elizabeth (Macha) Marrero from the Bronx will feature the voice of “Tunisian Spring” Emel Mathlouthi, Portland-based extended technique vocalist, composer, and performer Like a Villain (Holland Andrews), multi-octave and multi-genre singer Joseph Keckler, poet and performer Saul Williams, and others.

APR 22, 12:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
The Secret Court

Co-presented with the Abingdon Theatre. This staged reading is of a new play based on the 1920 ad hoc disciplinary tribunal of five administrators at Harvard University formed to investigate charges of homosexual activity among the student population that began with the suicide of a student. The affair went unreported until...

APR 22, 3:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
How Do We Prepare For Trump's Second Term?

In a remarkably short span of time, President Donald J. Trump has transformed our culture. His achievement is not measured in his ability to build a border wall, heighten mass incarceration, impose a travel ban, or launch a military strike against North Korea. It is that these ideas...

APR 22, 6PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Prayers of the People

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This participatory performance appropriates the structure of an Episcopal liturgy and brings to life the words of Dr. King. Conceived by Kenyon Victor Adams (little ray) and directed by Bill T. Jones....

APR 22, 11AM
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Cynthia Hopkins: Learn A Song of Resistance

Throughout human history, communal singing has served as a source of both solace and empowerment for societies in crisis. Voices raised together in song can energize and propel through uplifting expressions of solidarity and resistance. Drawing on legacies of protest songs that have fueled social justice movements of...

APR 22
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Closing Party

Come celebrate your radical vision with festival-goers and participants with an evening of dancing, drinks and performances.

May 4 & 5
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
Lang Dance

Member pre-sale starts on July 10th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 10th. Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, Arts , “home to one of the more progressive collegiate dance departments in New York” (New York Times), offers a unique...

May 5 & 6, 6PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Rashaad Newsome: Live Feed In-Process - FIVE

Newsome’s FIVE explores Voguing, a competitive dance form created by a subculture of Black and Latino LGBTQ and GNC New Yorkers in the 1970’s. Accompanied by a makeshift orchestra, five dancers perform five individual elements of vogue fem. The Live Feed creative residency program is...

May 10-12, 7:30PM
ADF Presents-
dendy/donovan projects: Elvis Everywhere

New York Premiere The ADF-commissioned “Elvis Everywhere” is dendy/donovan projects’ latest work. “America is Elvis Presley–the most beautiful, talented, rebellious nation in the history of Earth. And now, you’re in your Vegas years. You’ve squeezed yourself into a white jumpsuit, you’re wheezing your way through ‘Love Me...

May 11 & 12, 6PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Netta Yerushalmy: Live Feed In-Process - Paramodernities

Yerushamly’s Paramodernities engages with the canon of modern dance in radical ways in order to spark new ideas and new choreographies. The project involves deconstructions of landmark modernist choreographies, as well as contributions by writers, philosophers, and historians who situate these iconic works in...

May 18 & 19, 6PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Kota Yamazaki/ Fluid hug-hug: Live Feed In-Process - Darkness Odyssey Part 3

The third installment of Yamazaki’s Darkness Odyssey series, is a non-operatic celebration of “becoming others”. Inspired by writings of authors Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and Butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s notion of “dance of darkness”, the series explores the idea of the body as a black hole. The Live...

May 21, 7PM
@ New York Live Arts Theater
 
BILL CHATS: Wynton Marsalis

New York Live Arts popular series, Bill Chats returns, featuring Bill T. Jones in dialogue with writers, scholars, visual artists and activists.

JUN 1 & 2 at 6PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
RoseAnne Spradlin: Work in Progress

RoseAnne Spradlin is the 2017-18 Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA). This award continues a long relationship with New York Live Arts and Dance Theater Workshop, beginning with Fresh Tracks in 1990, and several presentations and commissions since. Join us for this special work in progress showing of the new work...

Jun 15 & 16, 7:30PM
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Fresh Tracks 2017-18: Residency Showing

Join us for an informal showing of work developed by the 2017-18 Fresh Tracks Artists Nora Alami, Brendan Drake, Lisa Fagan, Alethea Pace, and Jessie Young. Live Arts’ legendary Fresh Tracks performance and residency program continues its 53-year commitment to bringing new voices to the forefront. The program...

JUN 18-23
@ New York Live Arts Studios
 
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: 2018 Summer Workshop

Led by members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, students explore the choreography and creative procedures in Bill T. Jones’ work in this 6 day workshop. The week culminates in a showing.

Jun 24
Pride

Co-curated with Tyler Ashley Live Arts’ take on Pride. A building wide celebration in the historic gayborhood, Chelsea, just blocks from the pride march. NYC’s queer nightlife and art stars serve up the city’s most colorful and fierce performance, music and more.