Ana Vujanovi and Sasa Asenti's ON TRIAL TOGETHER Set for New York Live Arts, Now thru 2/22
New York Live Arts presents the U.S. premiere of Ana Vujanovi and Saša Asenti's On Trial Together, today, February 20 - 22 at 7:30pm in the New York Live Arts Theater. Called "deeply intelligent" by the Exberliner, the work is a hybrid performance of theater, choreography and social experiment, creating a unique experience exclusive to each evening.
In On Trial Together, Serbian artists Ana Vujanovi and Saša Asenti engage the audience through a social role play and live action game structure where audience members are, each one, actor, participant and catalyst for change. The work has been shown in Berlin, Germany and Novi Sad, Serbia and was developed, in part, through New York Live Arts' Suitcase Fund international cultural exchange program. On Trial Together is performed by audience members in collaboration with moderators Saša Asenti, Milka Djordjevic, Boris Radujko, Jen Rosenblit and Ana Vujanovi.
On Trial Together was developed, in part, under the auspices of The Suitcase Fund, the international cultural exchange program of New York Live Arts, with support from The Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. A related Suitcase Fund Research Presentation will take place February 7 at 6:00pm (see complete schedule below).Tickets are $15 and $20 and may be purchased online at newyorklivearts.org/season 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.
Ana Vujanovi and Saša Asenti
On Trial Together
Feb 20 - 22 at 7:30pm
New York Live Arts Theater, New York Live Arts
Tickets: $15, $20
T: 212-924-0077 | www.newyorklivearts.org
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Box Office hours:
Monday-Friday 1 - 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm
Schedule of Related Events:
Research Presentation by Ana Vujanovi and Saša Asenti
Feb 7 at 6:00pm
The Suitcase Fund hosts Saša Asenti? for a two-week research residency in New York City from January 24 - February 9, 2014, directly preceding Asenti? and Ana Vujanovi?'s presentation of the work On Trial Together on the Live Arts season (also supported by the Suitcase Fund). Dance of Precatiat (Working Title) will focus on the work of Workers Dance Movement in New York City in the 1930's. The movement was a specific phenomenon in modern dance in the U.S. It was formed by working class and immigrant dancers who were attracted to both the modern dance world and radical political activity. The research will examine the work of the Workers Dance League, New Dance Group and other groups and individuals whose focus was on political choreography, human condition, and struggle for social change.
About the Artists:
Ana Vujanovi is a freelance worker in contemporary performing arts and culture. Vujanovic holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies. She is a member of the editorial collective of TkH [Walking Theory], theoretical-artistic platform, Belgrade and chief editor of TkH journal for performing arts theory. Her particular commitment has been empowering the independent scenes in Belgrade and Yugoslavia (Druga scena). She has lectured and given workshops at various universities and independent educational programs throughout Europe. She engages in artworks in the fields of performance, theatre, dance and video, as dramaturge, co-author and collaborator. She publishes regularly in journals and collections (TkH, Maska, Frakcija, Teatron, Performance Research, TDR...); and is author of four books, most recently Public Sphere by Performance, with Bojana Cveji? (Berlin: b_books, 2012). She is currently international visiting professor at the Department for Human Movement/Performance Studies, University of Hamburg. In recent years her research interest has been focused on the intersections between performance and politics in neoliberal capitalist societies.
Saša Asenti works as a freelance performance maker and cultural worker. His performances have been presented at different festivals and art centers in New York, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Hamburg and other cities across Europe. He collaborates with Ana Vujanovi?, Xavier Le Roy, Eszter Salamon, Olivera Kova?evi? Crnjanski and others. In 2005, he founded Per.Art an organization that deals with production and promotion of contemporary performing arts in Serbia. In 1999, he founded Art and Inclusion, a program for people with learning disabilities in Novi Sad, Serbia. He was the artistic director of Nov.ples, a contemporary dance festival in Novi Sad, and the director of the biannual dance festival Balkan Dance Platform 2009, and the co-curator of IN-presentable 2009 festival in Madrid. Currently he is an artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
New York Live Arts is a reserved seating house. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office at 212-924-0077 and will be available online at newyorklivearts.org. New York Live Arts Members, Associated Artists, Students, and Seniors are eligible for 20% discounts to theater performances. Box Office hours: Monday - Friday 1 - 9pm and Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm. Unless otherwise noted, performances take place at New York Live Arts, located at 219 West 19th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
ABOUT NEW YORK LIVE ARTS: New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Executive Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.
We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists. Our influence extends beyond NYC through our international cultural exchange program that currently places artists in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.