New York Live Arts Presents Showing of Jimena Paz's UNTITLED This Weekend
New York Live Arts presents the Studio Series showing of Jimena Paz's Untitled, today, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 at 6:00pm in the third floor studios at New York Live Arts.
For Paz's Studio Series showing, she will present the work-in-progress of various sections of a collaborative work between herself and two established American choreographers. Working with the idea of "foreignness" and how each artist interprets the word within their own creative process, the points of departure for the collaboration are anecdotes and short stories from Paz's life in Argentina. Interested in looking at the "subculture" of her body, Paz examines movement and the dichotomy between schooled and unschooled, or self-taught, movement. The work, shown as a work-in-progress from the early stages of a long term project, sources material from improvisations created from key words used in the abovementioned anecdotes, magazine imagery and lesser known dance forms from Argentina.
Studio Series is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Studio Series work-in-process showings will take place in New York Live Arts' studios. Tickets are $5. There will be free in-process talks after each showing with an array of moderators. Tickets are available online at newyorklivearts.org/tickets, 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. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. There will be no late seating.
About Jimena Paz: Jimena Paz is an independent dancer, teacher and maker who shares her time and heart between New York, Europe and Argentina. She is currently developing a project on foreignness and a fictional and portable-landless Argentina. She has had the pleasure of working with Vicky Shick, Susan Rethorst, the Stephen Petronio Company ('99-'06), Constanza Macras (Berlin), Iris Scaccheri (Buenos Aires), Burt Barr (video) Analia Segal, Virginie Yassef (France), Antonio Ramos and Todd Williams, among others. A Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Paz is on faculty at the National Danish School for Contemporary Dance, under the direction of Jeremy Nelson, and teaches internationally.
About the Studio Series: Created in 2005 by Dance Theater Workshop and continued by New York Live Arts, the Studio Series residency program uses a strong focus on creative process to encourage artist's examinations of movement-based art. Each Studio Series artist receives a commission, 100 hours of creative residency time and is invited to conduct two informal showings. These in-process showings create a framework for the artist to share ideas with an audience in the intimate working space of the studio. Each year, a select number of mid-career artists are given a Studio Series residency as part of a one- to two-year program of support, leading up to a commission and season presentation. Studio Series artists are curated by Artistic Director Carla Peterson in conjunction with Benjamin Kimitch, Producing Associate/Assistant to the Artistic Director, and Marya Wethers, former Studio Series Program Manager (current International Project Director).
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.