Okwui Okpokwasili in "Bronx Gothic" at the Danspace Project in 2014. (Photo by Ian Douglas)

New York Live Arts Announces 2015–16 Season

The movement-based company’s season includes performance art, dance, theatre and music.

NEW YORK CITY: New York Live Arts has announced its 2015–16 season, including theatre performances among a selection of dance productions, panels, discussions, festivals and showcases.

“I am extremely proud that my first season as director of programs is positioned to embrace Live Arts’ power of transformation and the essential role of performance in New York City’s culture,” said director of programs Thomas O. Kriegsmann in a statement. “Live Arts’ community is deeply invested in the future of art and aims to be no less than the most instrumental force for the development of new work in this country.”

Rude Mechs and Deborah Hay’s Match-Play (Oct. 7–10) is the first theatrical offering, with notebook texts from Richard Foreman, original text by Kirk Lynn and a score by Hay. It is described as a performance piece exploring the depths and the shallows of the human mind. Barney O’Hanlon of SITI Company will star.

Next will be Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic (Oct. 21–24), a solo performance featuring theatre, dance and a visual art installation telling the story of two girls on the verge of adolescence in the 1980s. The piece was created in collaboration with Peter Born.

Following will be the New York premiere of Wunderbaum‘s Looking for Paul (Nov. 11–14), about a Rotterdam resident seeking revenge after an artist installs a controversial sculpture in her neighborhood.

Next is Journey to Journey (Dec. 16–17) a presentation of one-person shows with Urban Word NYC, a youth development theatre program that links young poets with professional theatre artistis.

Next will be the U.S. premiere of Ann Liv Young’s Elektra (Jan. 20–30, 2016), a reimagining of Sophocle’s greek tragedy.

Following will be the U.S. premiere of Valda Setterfield and John Scott’s Lear (Feb. 17–20, 2016), a retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy through movement. Ryan O’Neill and Kevin Coquelard will star.

Next will be the world premiere of Half Straddle‘s Ghost Rings (April 22–30, 2016), about two friends taking the leap into adulthood. The musical experience features text and lyrics by Tina Satter, with music by Chris Giarmo and Erin Markey.

Following will be Jerusalem Cast Lead (March 25–26), a documentary theatre performance by Winter Family about Israeli society as seen through the lens of a young woman from Jerusalem.

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