Category Archives: Press

09 Sep

New York Times Season Preview

Photo: Babette Mangolte (1980)

Various New York Live Arts artists are highlighted in “The New Season,” including 2013-14 season artists Beth Gill, luciana achugar and Trisha Brown Dance Company, as well as Live Arts’ resident dance company, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Read up on it here.

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05 Sep

Village Voice Fall Arts Preview

Fall preview press has begun to hit and our Oct/Nov presentation of Big Dance Theater’s Ich, Kürbisgeist has received a wonderful highlight in this week’s Village Voice. Read it here.

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14 May

New York Times Previews Pam Tanowitz’s ‘The Spectators’

Image: Pam Tanowitz by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Image: Pam Tanowitz by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

“When I started with The Spectators, I made all these sections and then looked at how they would fit together,” explained Pam Tanowitz to writer Gia Kourlas in last Sunday’s New York Times. “What skin is it going to live in? That’s really why I’m a choreographer: It’s how I understand the world.”

Opening tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15th here at New York Live Arts, The Spectators is Tanowitz’s newest work, commissioned by us. In the Times article, Tanowitz also goes on to discuss the process of self-critique she has undergone in the making of The Spectators, and what she has learned over the past few years while working on this commission.

“Ms. Tanowitz’s approach is simple on the surface: she makes steps to music. Yet in her deeply rigorous excavations of ballet and classic modern vocabulary, she gives potentially antiquated steps a fresh feel,” writes Kourlas.

Read the full story and join us for the world premiere this week to see what Ms. Tanowitz has in store for us.

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07 Sep

NEW YORK LIVE ARTS presents Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero

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Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero
Turbulence (a dance about the economy)
Oct 4 – 6 at 7:30pm

 New York, NY, September 7, 2012 – New York Live Arts will present Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero’s work Turbulence (a dance about the economy) from October 4 – 6 at 7:30pm. A collaborative work, Turbulence is an experimental hybrid of contemporary dance, improvised happening and political theater. Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured for two shows (see complete schedule below). (more…)

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04 Sep

NEW YORK LIVE ARTS presents RoseAnne Spradlin’s “beginning of something”

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RoseAnne Spradlin
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, 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
RoseAnne Spradlin
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
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.

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.

Funding Support
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.

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22 Aug

NEW YORK LIVE ARTS presents Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance & Theater by Women from Africa

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Voices of Strength:
Contemporary Dance & Theater by Women from Africa
Sep 18 – 19, 21 – 22 at 7:30pm

New York, NY, August 22, 2012 – New York Live Arts opens its 2012-13 season on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:30pm with a mini-festival, Voices of Strength, featuring five female African choreographers. Inspired by conversations with and work created by African women living and working on the Continent, this two-evening program and accompanying humanities activities will introduce these often overlooked voices to the New York Live Arts audience. (more…)

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18 Jul

The Dance Enthusiast Reviews Yanira Castro | a canary torsi at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

“In a canary torsi’s Paradis , we are invited to participate in the world created by the artists before us, and the invitation is so appealing we must accept. Unexpectedly, their paradise feels more like home than a thrilling or fantastical other space.” - Theodora Boguszewski for The Dance Enthusiast

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07 Jun

Announcing the 12 – 13 Presenting Season and Programs


World Premiere of BELL by Inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist Yasuko Yokoshi

Season Features Eight World Premiere Commissions

Launch of Shared Practice: New Classes and Workshops    

Season Tickets on Sale July 2nd, 2012

New York, NY, June 7, 2012 – New York Live Arts – the organization founded in 2011 by a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop to support movement-based artists at all stages of their careers through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating – announces the 2012-2013 presenting season, beginning September 18, 2012 at 219 West 19th Street in Chelsea.

In March 2013, inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist, Yasuko Yokoshi, will premiere BELL, a dance-theater work that continues Yokoshi’s in-depth research of the parallel aesthetics of traditional and contemporary forms and the authenticity and ownership of culture. Working with her long-time collaborator Masumi Seyama, 82-year old successor of Kabuki choreographer Kanjyuro Fujima VI, BELL reimagines the classical Japanese dance Kyoganoko Musume-Dojyoji (A Woman and a Bell at the Dojyoji Temple), reputed to be the most important and difficult work in the Kabuki theater repertoire. Yokoshi’s last work, Tyler Tyler (2010), was commissioned by and premiered at Dance Theater Workshop. The Resident Commissioned Artist program is one of Live Arts’ signature initiatives offering unparalleled support for select mid-career artists. Each year, Executive Artistic Director Bill T. Jones and Artistic Director Carla Peterson choose one artist to receive a competitive salary, health benefits, a two-year creative residency and a commission for a new work to be produced by and premiere at Live Arts. The 2012-2014 Resident Commissioned Artist will be announced in fall 2012.

“As a presenting and producing organization, New York Live Arts is strongly committed to deepening the support we provide to movement-based artists,” said Jean Davidson, CEO & Executive Director. “Building on our inaugural season, we are enhancing the commissioning and presenting infrastructure Live Arts provides artists at every stage of their careers. In our ‘12-‘13 season, with the support of generous funders such as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and our new individual donor group focused on underwriting new commissions, we are supporting an exciting range of new and established artistic voices.”

Dedicated to participating in the artistic and social fabric of New York and the world beyond, New York Live Arts’ presenting season, curated by Artistic Director Carla Peterson, will span ten months, bringing the work of more than 50 artists from around the globe to New York audiences.

“This season we feature a global range of artists, whose distinctive voices engage with some of the most compelling ideas and challenges of our time. The emergent global movements, women as social provocateurs and innovators, connections across science, technology, art and mythology, raucous indie culture along with more personal explorations are contemporary themes that have been worked into a rich artistic fodder for our season,” said Carla Peterson, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. “New and commissioned works along with exhilarating remounts from recent and past decades offer up an evocative mix that deepens Live Arts’ commitment to smart ideas, excitement and abundant creativity that brings together an engaged, participatory community on all sides of the creative process.”  (more…)

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30 May

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary

2012-2013 Season Highlights include:

World Premiere of A Meditation on The Rite of Spring (working title) in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company at Carolina Performing Arts

Two-week season at The Joyce Theater featuring D-Man in the Waters
and other repertory with the Orion String Quartet

Tour to 24 cities in the United States and Europe


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23 May

New York Live Arts’ Studio Series presents Eleanor Smith: June 8 – 9

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Eleanor Smith
in two Studio Series work-in-process showings
June 8 – 9 at 6:00PM

New York, NY, May 23, 2012 – New York Live Arts’ 2011-2012 Studio Series concludes with two work-in-process showings by Eleanor Smith on June 8 – 9 at 6:00PM.

Smith’s current work-in-process titled Velvet Brown explores feelings of shame, containment, and identity. The piece uses improvisation to generate a set emotive movement vocabulary and is greatly inspired by the personal narratives of the performers, which include Courtney Cooke, Caitlin Marz, Molly Lieber and Antonietta Vicario. Velvet Brown features music by Ian Collier/Glass House. (more…)

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