Come Early Stay Late

New York Live Arts welcomes you to Come Early/Stay Late, a vibrant re-imagining of the pre- and post-show experience! Join us as we experiment with edgier ways of connecting your Live Arts experience to the greater conversations surrounding performance, embodied practice, art theory, politics, and more. For up to date details on our schedule of activities, including moderators, descriptions, conversation topics, interactive tours, and performance installations, visit our calendar and click on an event to see details for each show.

To view past conversations, please visit our vimeo channel.

Come Early

Pre-Show Events
Oftentimes taking the shape of a moderated conversation, Come Early is your opportunity to engage with some of the leading thinkers, scholars, and artists working in the performance arena today. For the 2012-13 season, Live Arts has curated a series of talks that will enliven your viewing experience of the work showcased on the main stage. All Come Early events take place in the New York Live Arts Lobby from 6:30-7:00 PM on the opening night of a performance. These free events are open to the public and feature free tea and coffee from our neighborhood partner Café Grumpy.

Pre-Show Talks are supported, in part, by Café Grumpy, and feature free tea and coffee.

Stay Late

Post-Show Events
Stay Late provides an opportunity for the Live Arts audience to engage more deeply with the artist's work and their creative process. We invite you to Stay Late in the theater and take the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the artists' creative process & vision. This season, we have planned special dance parties and interactive events to add to the fun!

Upcoming Conversations

Kyle Abraham/A.I.M.
Sep 25 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation
Visual Design in Dance Performance, Artist Talk with Visual Artist Glenn Ligon.

Sep 26 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation
Visual Artist and Videographer Carrie Schneider discusses her dance on camera collaboration with Kyle Abraham/A.I.M.

Oct 2 Stay Late Discussion
Creating When the Wolves Come In - Thomas Lax, Associate Curator, Media and Performance Art at MoMA in conversation with Kyle Abraham and Grammy Award Winning Jazz Musician Robert Glasper.


Fri Oct 3 Stay Late Discussion
Aesthetics of Jazz and the Performance of Protest, moderated by celebrated Photographer and Filmmaker Carrie Mae Weems.



Ivana Muller
Oct 1 Stay Late Discussion
Social Theater - When Spectators Become Participants Simon Dove, co-curator of Crossing the Line, in conversation with Ivana Muller


RoseAnne Spradlin
Oct 8 Stay Late Discussion
Between Intimacy and Risk, RoseAnne Spradlin in Conversation with Choreographer Tere O'Connor


Oct 9 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation
Carla Peterson, Director of Florida State University's Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, (MANCC) in Conversation with RoseAnne Spradlin



Jennifer Monson

Oct 16 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation
The Body as Archive: Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance at the New Museum discusses the work of Jennifer Monson.


Oct 17 Stay Late Discussion
Environment of Self in Time: Jennifer Monson in Conversation with La MaMa ETC Archivist, Rachel Mattson, PhD



Cynthia Oliver
Oct 23 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation Sequencing Non-Linear Narratives, Choreographer and Educator Nia Love Discusses the Creative Practice of Cynthia Oliver


Oct 24 Stay Late Discussion
Her History - Her Present - Her Future
, Cynthia Oliver and Leslie Cuyjet in Conversation with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko



Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Nov 6 Come Early Conversation
Bjorn Amelan, Janet Wong, and Ted Coffey discuss the Creative Process of making Story/Time


Nov 7 Stay Late Discussion
Chance Procedures and Narrative Structures, Bill T. Jones, Bjorn Amelan, Janet Wong, Ted Coffey and Dancers in Dialog


Nov 9 Bill Chats
Story/Time: The Life of an Idea


Nov 14 Stay Late Discussion
Creating Story/Time (35, 36, 37, & 38): Bill T. Jones, Bjorn Amelan, Janet Wong, Ted Coffey and Dancers in Dialogue