New York Live Arts to Present US Premieres of Works by Arkadi Zaides and Quator Leonis, 10/10-12

New York Live Arts to Present US Premieres of Works by Arkadi Zaides and Quator Leonis, 10/10-12

New York Live Arts will present the U.S. premieres of Israeli choreographer Arkadi Zaides and musical quartet Quator Leonis' A response to Dig Deep, October 10 at 7:30pm and French artist Jeanne Mordoj's La Poème October 11 & 12 at 7:30pm. Co-presented with Villa Gillet's Walls and Bridges Festival, Live Arts continues its partnership with the Franco-American arts and ideas series.

NYC based composer Julia Wolfe's Dig Deep is a composition that is distinguished by an intense physicality and relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. Symbolic of an intense sonic movement inwards, Zaides' physical response to Wolfe's original composition, performed here by French quartet Quator Leonis, focuses on a state of ongoing oscillation, examining the tension between restlessness and stability in his body. Silently reacting to the reverberations of the music that he continues to hear and feel long after the musicians have left the stage, Zaides A response to Dig Deep explores a somatic response to his personal experience of immigration, homelessness and in-betweenness, offering the audience a kinesthetic, non-narrative practice that challenges both the physical and conceptual identity of the work. A Response to Dig Deep will be preceded by a series of short talks entitled Under the Influence of Music: From the Marx Brothers to the Modern Mind, featuring American writer and filmmaker Elena Mannes and French philosopher Peter Szendy. These introductions will focus on the connections between music and the body, and explore the effect noise has on human nature and the mind. The evening will be completed by a Q&A with the artists and composer Julia Wolfe.

Jeanne Mordoj's La Poème is a short piece joyfully surrounding the female body, notable in particular for Mordoj's creative use of eggs and her "breast juggling" routine. Using nouveau cirque-based-movement to explore a definition of femininity that embraces animalism, La Poème is a multi-disciplinary, comical work that features movement and singing, blending prowess with weirdness. Mordoj reconnects with her origins and addresses new modes of expression. In addition to the performance, each program also includes solo presentations by international artists and thinkers dealing with gender identity and the representation of women, including Bruno Perreau, Elizabeth Povinelli and Beatriz Preciado (October 11); and a post-performance Q&A and discussion featuring Mordoj along with thinkers and writers Avital Ronell and A.M. Homes (October 12), hosted by Damien Bright and Quentin Girard.

Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. Tickets are $10 (suggested donation). Tickets may be purchased online at, 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.

Arkadi Zaides and Quator Leonis
A response to Dig Deep

Oct 10 at 7:30pm

Preceded by Under the Influence of Music: From the Marx Brothers to the Modern Mind with Elena Mannes and Peter Szendy

Jeanne Mordoj

La Poème

Oct 11 at 7:30pm

Preceded by solo presentations by Bruno Perreau; Elizabeth Povinelli; and Beatriz Preciado

Oct 12 at 7:30pm

Post-performance Q&A and discussion with: Jeanne Mordoj, A.M. Homes and Avital Ronell

New York Live Arts Theater, New York Live Arts

Tickets: $10 (suggested donation)

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219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Box Office hours:

Monday-Friday 1 - 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm

About the artists:

Born in Byelorussia, Arkadi Zaides immigrated to Israel in 1990 and currently lives and creates in Tel Aviv. He is in the process of completing his studies in the Amsterdam Master Of Choreography program at the Theater School (The Netherlands).

Zaides has been working as an independent choreographer since 2004. His works have been shown at numerous international festivals in Israel, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Holland, India, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Germany, China, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Chile, Brazil and Japan, amongst others. Zaides was awarded a prize by the Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights in 2013. He was awarded the prestigious Landau Award from the Isreal National Lottery Foundation in 2012. Zaides was awarded Israel's Ministry of Culture and Sport Prize in the Young Artist of the Year category in the field of dance in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He was awarded the prestigious Rosenblum Award in 2010, which is awarded annually by the city of Tel Aviv. Zaides' Solo Colores was awarded with the prestigious Kurt Jooss award in 2010.

Embedded in Zaides' work is a belief that the role of art is to challenge and inspire viewers while simultaneously reaching out and bringing together different communities and different sectors of society. Zaides is increasingly working in diverse communities, focusing primarily on the Arab sector in Israel. Zaides has been devoted to developing different platforms to encourage contemporary discourse and performance making in Israel. Moves Without Borders, developed recently by Zaides in close collaboration with Goethe Institute Israel, invites some of the most influential avant-garde choreographers in the world today to series of performances and workshops in Israel.

Created in 2004, the Quatuor Leonis is composed of four graduates of Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique who have an eclectic repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bartók via Schubert and Ravel. The Quatuor has won prestigious international competitions and is frequently invited to play at festivals and in concert halls both in France and abroad. They are expanding their activities towards other disciplines, in particular drama and dance, and have been in residence since 2008 at the Théâtre National de l'Odéon. The Quatuor worked with the choreographer Arkadi Zaides this year for the Aire de Jeu Festival at Les Subsistances.

Elena Mannes is a multi-award-winning independent documentary director/writer/ producer as well as an author. Her work has appeared on both public and commercial television. Mannes' honors include six national Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, two Directors Guild of America Awards and nine Cine Golden Eagles.

Peter Szendy (born 1966 in Paris) is a French philosopher and musicologist. He teaches at the Universite de Paris X Nanterre and is a consultant to IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), an organization that has been a pioneer in electroacoustic innovation and a mecca for contemporary music. He has written Écoute, une histoire de nos oreilles (Listen, A History of Our Ears), Sur écoute: Esthétique de l'espionnage (2007), Membres fantômes : des corps musiciens(2002) and Prophecies of Leviathan. Szendy's latest books translated into English are Hits: Philosophy in the Jukebox (2012) and Kant in the Land of Extraterrestrials: Cosmopolitical Philosofictions (2013).