NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
beginning of something
Sep 26 – 29 at 7:30pm, 28 at 10pm
New York, NY, September 4, 2012 – New York Live Arts will present RoseAnne Spradlin’s beginning of something on September 26th – 29th at 7:30pm and September 28th at 10pm. After a sold out run at The Chocolate Factory in 2011, beginning of something returns to New York for a limited engagement as part of Live Arts’ Replay Series.
Beginning explores the female image and psyche, performed by a strong, high intensity female cast that includes Rebecca Serrell Cyr, Natalie Green, Rebecca Warner and Rebecca Wender. (Cyr was nominated for a 2011 Bessie Award for her performance in beginning.) The audience is seated in close proximity to the dancers who perform on an elevated platform creating a shift in scale that empowers the cast.
“By no means conventional entertainment, ‘beginning’ broadens the definition of dance,”
wrote Elizabeth Zimmer in a metro New York review of the piece. The New York Times also noted: “…[Spradlin’s] cast moved with impassioned fervor. It requires a certain power to express one of [her] specialties: taking human nature and slicing it to shreds.”
Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows (see complete schedule below). Tickets are $30. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.newyorklivearts.org, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.
The reconstruction of beginning of something is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation. Additional support is given by contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts.
beginning of something was also supported by an artist residency on Governor’s Island, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a space grant through the Movement Research Artist in Residency program.
Schedule of Related Humanities Events:
Sept 27 at 6:30 Come Early Conversation: A discussion on beginning of something, moderated by RoseAnne Spradlin
Sept 28 Stay Late Discussion*: CLOSE! A Conversation on Witnessing the Body. Moderated by Neil Greenberg.
*Stay Late event follows the 7:30pm performance only
Shared Practice Workshop:
Oct 6 at 1:30pm
Tickets: $15 (advanced registration required)
Spradlin will lead a class in the New York Live Arts’ studios. Shared Practice workshops allow Live Arts season artists to share their physical and creative practices and processes. Classes size is limited.
About The Artist:
RoseAnne Spradlin’s performance work is concerned both with the revelation of the individuals who inhabit her work and the deep structures of thought, perception and feeling embedded in human behavior. Spradlin has presented 12 New York seasons in the last 15 years; her most recent work, beginning of something was presented by the Chocolate Factory in May 2011 and returns at New York Live Arts in September 2012. In 2003 Spradlin received a New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for her 2002 work under/world, a trio inspired by a friend’s photographs of New York’s downtown fetish scene. More recent honors include a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography, a 2007 Individual Artist Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York City and a three-year (2006-08) Lambent Fellowship in Performing Arts given by the Tides Foundation. Spradlin’s Survive Cycle was presented at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna in 2007. Spradlin has taught workshops in Vienna and at the Dance In August festival in Berlin, and in various programs in Brussels, Paris, London, and in Tinos, Greece.
ABOUT NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
New York Live Arts strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating. In addition to our deep commitment to individual artists at all stages of their careers, we strive to create rich, meaningful experiences for our audiences by engaging them in ways that are intimate and thought-provoking. With our audience, we seek to become a place for dance that is vital to the fabric of social and cultural life in New York, the United States and beyond.
Formed in February 2011 by a merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts is a re-imagining of the legacies of these two extraordinary organizations. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street in New York City and is led by Bill T. Jones as Executive Artistic Director, Carla Peterson as Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson as Executive Director and CEO.
Major support for New York Live Arts is provided by: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Con Edison, The Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Japan Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation, MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Shubert Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Scherman Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. New York Live Arts is supported by public funds administered by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.