Arts, Culture, and Humanities
NewYork Live Arts is a center of diverse artists devoted to body-based investigation that transends barriers between and within communities led by world-renowned artist Bill T. Jones. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit.
We are an institution with an unequivocal commitment to supporting the creative identities of people living together in creative community. We provide much-needed resources to artists at every stage of their career, in a world where funding for the arts is increasingly reliant on the generosity of individuals.
We enable the creation of work by Artists at every level: from emerging talent being seen for the first time, to the mid-career artists who will be our next great masters. We foster artists who participate courageously in the world of ideas and ask difficult questions.
We believe the artist plays a distinct role as a witness to truth, by participating in free speech and expression that often comes at personal risk. We believe that live art has the ability to create communities, confluences, and platforms for the exchange of ideas.
We are living in a critical moment in which the social, political, and cultural tides are changing and these challenging times call on us to convene in a central place devoted to bringing people together in exploration of our common values.
With all that is happening globally and within our borders, we believe even more in our vision to be a conduit for engagement through the arts. The repertoire we present and the conversations we host, work to address themes spanning personal and communal responsibility, racism, gender equality, and civil liberties.
We are asking those who share our values to join us as we build the community of this important space for live gathering in the heart of New York City and to continue to elevate live performance – an act that has the power to remind us what humans are capable of.
Ms. Kim Cullen
Mr. Bill T. Jones
New York Live Arts 219 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011 USA
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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.
The repertory of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically-driven works as well as works using a variety of texts. The Company has been acknowledged for its intensely collaborative method of creation that has included artists as diverse as Keith Haring, Cassandra Wilson, The Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, Fred Hersch, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, Julius Hemphill and Daniel Bernard Roumain, among others. The collaborations of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with visual artists were the subject ofArt Performs Life (1998), a groundbreaking exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Some of its most celebrated creations are evening length works including Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990, Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music);Still/Here (1994, Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France); We Set Out Early… Visibility Was Poor(1996, Hancher Auditorium,Iowa City, IA); You Walk? (2000, European Capital of Culture 2000,Bolgna, Italy); Blind Date (2006, Peak Performances at Montclair State University);Chapel/Chapter (2006, Harlem Stage Gatehouse); and Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray(2009, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL). The ongoing, site-specific, Another Evening was last performed in its seventh incarnation as Another Evening: Venice/Arsenale (2010, La Biennale di Venezia).
The Company has also produced two evenings centered on Bill T. Jones’s solo performance: The Breathing Show (1999, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA) and As I Was Saying… (2005, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN).
The Company has been featured in many publications and one of the most in-depth examinations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane’s collaborations can be found in Body Against Body: The Dance and Other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1989 – Station Hill Press) edited by Elizabeth Zimmer.
The Company has received numerous awards, including New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessie”) for Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage (2006), The Table Project (2001), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), musical scoring and costume design for Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990) and for the groundbreaking Joyce Theater season (1986). The Company was nominated for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Best New Dance Production” for We Set Out Early… Visibility was Poor.
The Company celebrated its landmark 20th anniversary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with 37 guest artists including Susan Sarandon, Cassandra Wilson and Vernon Reid. The Phantom Project: The 20th Season presented a diverse repertoire of over 15 revivals and new works.
During the Company’s 25th anniversary season in 2007, Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL offered the Company its most significant commission to date: to create a work to honor the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The Company created three new productions in response:100 Migrations (2008), a site-specific community performance project; Serenade/The Proposition(2008), examining the nature of history; and Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray (2009), the making of which is the subject of a feature-length documentary by Kartemquin Films entitled A Good Man, broadcast on PBS American Masters in 2011.
The Company has distinguished itself through extensive community outreach and educational programs, including partnerships with Bard College, where company members teach an innovative curriculum rooted in the Company’s creative model and highly collaborative methods; and with Lincoln Center Institute, which uses Company works in its educator-training and in-school repertory programs. University and college dance programs throughout the U.S. work with the Company to reconstruct significant works for their students. The Company conducts intensive workshops for professional and pre-professional dancers and produces a broad range of discussion events at home and on the road, all born from the strong desire to “participate in the world of ideas.”
Live Ideas Festival
Live Ideas is an annual humanities festival of arts and ideas, exploring the ideas, controversies and thinking informing a different bodily-oriented theme each time out. Past festivals have included The Worlds of Oliver Sacks, James Baldwin, This Time!, SKY-Force and Wisdom in America Today, curated by Laurie Anderson, MENA/Future-Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region, co-curated by Adham Hafez, and Mx'd Messages, co-curated by Trans-genre artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond which examines the idea of a world without binaries–across gender, politics, theology, sensory perception and race.
Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist
The Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist program was created in 2011 by New York Live Arts to address what we perceive to be an overall lack of support for mid-career artists. The program is by-invitation only and offers a salary, health benefits, two years of residency time and a commission of a new work to premiere at New York Live Arts. Select works will then be chosen for a fully produced national and/or international tour managed by New York Live Arts.
The Live Feed creative residency program is a laboratory for the development of new commissioned work directed toward our theater. Informal public showings offer a sneak peek into each resident artist’s process and ideas before they hit our stage. Each showing takes place within the intimate working space of the Live Arts studio and is followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by special guests and Live Arts staff.
New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks Program is a season-long residency opportunity for artists exploring hybrid and movement-based art at the beginning stages of their careers in New York City. Created in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop, Fresh Tracks continues as a signature program of New York Live Arts.
Designed as a springboard for intensive choreographic, administrative, and creative development, Fresh Tracks is a pioneer opportunity in the field, positioning early career artists within Live Arts’ annual programming. Unfolding over the course of Live Arts’ regular theater season, the Fresh Tracks Program provides artists with a 50-hour studio residency, a professionally-produced shared evening bill in the New York Live Arts theater, an artist fee, one-on-one dialogue sessions with the program’s Artistic Adviser, professional development workshops led by renowned professionals from the field, and exclusive access to Live Arts Marketing, Production and Programming staff support.
Criteria for Selection
New York Live Arts values experimentation, collaboration and a genuine commitment to new ideas and new aesthetics. We place a premium on the originality of ideas and the quality of their execution. A panel of artists and other professionals from the field selects artists based on their demonstration of the above qualities and must possess a keen desire to develop and explore their work with their peers in the context of a residency program.
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I. Create a place that is pulsating with artistic vigor and energy. Develop a five- year artistic planning cycle, which will identify key artists and possible funding and partnership possibilities. Increase the local, national and international “radiance" of the institution through the planning process. Serve as a producer as well as a presenter and do so in a world class manner. This drive to detail will show itself to our community of peers, the artistic community and ultimately to our patrons.
II. Ensure a financially secure and properly capitalized institution that can support current programs and projected programmatic growth.
III. Become an internationally recognized destination for innovative and exceptional movement-based artistry, achieving more widespread acclaim, and recognition as a global cultural organization.
New York Live Arts was formed in 2011 by the merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Inspired by the legacies of Mr. Jones and the 45-year history of Dance Theater Workshop as a leader in the field, New York Live Arts is a vibrant hub of contemporary dance and movement-based experimentation, offering audiences meaningful experiences that are both thought provoking and intimate.
Leading and managing the growth of New York Live Arts are Jean Davidson, the Chief Executive, and Richard H. Levy, Chair. New York Live Arts has a 21-person governing Board of Directors, 22-person Advisory Council, currently employs over 50 full and part-time staff and works with nearly 100 volunteers. Senior staff members at New York Live Arts are national leaders in their fields; our senior staff members have held positions at the American Conservatory Theater, American Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Foundation For the Arts, Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal and The Wexner Center.
Our annual budget is in excess of $ 6 million, with approximately one-third of our income from earned revenue, and two-thirds from contributed revenue from fundraising. New York Live Arts' building is fully accessible to people with disabilities, and New York Live Arts is firmly committed to equal opportunities for staff, students, artists and users of our building and services.
Our new five-year plan takes us through 2017 and beyond. We are planning from a sound financial position – including an operating cash reserve and a building reserve of close to $1 million, strong relationships with key funding partners and a recently completed studio renovation expanding our capacity for programming.
We have an expanding number of partners with whom we work including, but not limited to: Arizona State University, Bard College, Barnard College, The Invisible Dog, Kaatsbaan, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), Montclair State University, Museum of Arts and Design, The New School, New York State DanceForce, 651 Arts, P.S.122, SUNY Purchase, Ellen Robbins, Skidmore College, YoungArts and Urban Word NYC.
Across all our areas of activity –performance, creation and participation – we aim to be a home for courageous, inclusive and inventive live art that is vital to the cultural fabric of New York, the U.S. and beyond. With a commitment to excellence, innovation and diversity, we continue to enrich the human experience through dance and live art.
Programs are evaluated by the successful completion of diverse criteria, including attracting new audiences to its performances, engaging those audiences through innovative engagement activities and stewarding successful strategic partnerships. The success of each program is measured individually by conducting internal, external and anecdotal self-assessment and soliciting feedback from all vested parties. Feedback includes: audience surveys, technical assistance from funders and consultants, interviews and ongoing discussions with community partners and post-performance discussions about the work.
The degree to which New York Live Arts achieves its goals for producing and presenting is monitored and assessed through two types of analysis: quantitatively by art work presented and audience cultivation; and qualitatively by artist and audience satisfaction.
The quantitative analysis is satisfied through the mounting of new and re-staged works. Reviews, box office sales, and audience commentary are important cues in gauging success.
The qualitative analysis consists of two rounds for each artist/company. After initial meetings with the Artistic Director, an orientation meeting is later held with the Programming/Production and Marketing departments during the planning phase and a performance evaluation, either in-person or written, with the Programming department following the completion of their performance engagement or residency.
New York Live Arts assesses artist satisfaction with their presentation or residency experience and integrates artist feedback into the planning of future programs. The Artistic Director likewise meets with each artists upon conclusion of their performance run in order to hear firsthand the artist's experience as well as to discuss and if requested advise on the artist's next activities and projects.
For audience development, analysis consists of surveys distributed to audience members to obtain demographic information.
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 6/14/2017
Mr. Richard H. H. Levy
The Levy Group
Term: Mar 2012 -
Mr. Stephen Hendel
Hartree Partners, LP
Term: Jan 2016 -
New York Live Arts
Bill T. Jones
New York Live Arts
The Levy Group
MILTAN Realty Co.
Dancer & Choreographer
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
New York University
New York Live Arts
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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?