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NEW YORK LIVE ARTS Presents The Barnard Project, Now thru 11/23

NEW YORK LIVE ARTS Presents The Barnard Project, Now thru 11/23

New York Live Arts will present The Barnard Project, now in its ninth year, today, November 21 - 23 at 7:30pm and November 23 at 2:00pm. This year's performance will showcase works by 2013-14 Barnard Project artists Boyzie Cekwana, Lance Gries, Annie-B Parson and Donna Uchizono.

Over the past nine years, Barnard College and New York Live Arts have worked together to connect students to the world of professional dance by commissioning premieres from cutting-edge choreographers. This year's Barnard Project marks the first international collaboration between the academic institution and the Suitcase Fund, New York Live Arts' international cultural exchange program. Through the Suitcase Fund, Barnard students have had the opportunity to work with choreographer Boyzie Cekwana, one of the leading voices of South African contemporary dance and a 2013-14 New York Live Arts season artist.

In addition to a new work by Cekwana, the program will feature a premiere by the "fluid, taut, rubbery [and] hammy" (The New York Times) Gries, known for creating pieces with "intimacy, immediacy and vulnerability" (Critical Correspondence). Annie B-Parson, hailed for a "freewheeling brilliance" (The New York Times) re-envisions her dance-theater works as Lucifer Kicking (detail), and Uchizono, a choreographer with a knack for "making something out of nothing" (Philadelphia City Paper), will recreate Heads Revisited.

Performances will take place at New York Live Arts' Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students (with valid CUID). Tickets may be purchased online at newyorklivearts.secure.force.com/ticket/, 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.

The Barnard Project: Boyzie Cekwana; Lance Gries; Annie-B Parson; Donna Uchizono

Nov 21 - 23 at 7:30pm; Nov 23 at 2:00pm

New York Live Arts Theater, New York Live Arts

Tickets: $20 adults/$12 students with valid CUID

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

About The Program:

The evening will feature the following works:

realitytalentsuckslikecontesttv.com by Boyzie Cekwana

Cadence for Eight by Lance Gries

Lucifer Kicking (detail) by Annie-B Parson

Heads Revisited by Donna Uchizono

About The Artists:

Recognized as a leading choreographer of his generation in South Africa, Soweto born choreographer-dancer Boyzie Cekwana has toured throughout the world and received prestigious prizes in Africa and Europe, including First Prize for Rona at the Third Platform III of African Contemporary Dance in Madagascar in 1999. His choreography is in the repertoire of companies such as Ballet de Lorraine, Scottish Dance Theatre and The Washington Ballet (commissioned with The Kennedy Center for its celebrated African Odyssey Festival). Cekwana is known for creating visceral dance works informed by a seemingly ceaseless interest in questions of the human condition. In 1997, he formed his own company, Floating Outfit Project, to break away from the strict forms of traditional African dance and the work of South African ballet companies. Based in Durban, South Africa, the company is engaged in collaborative projects with both artists and non-artists throughout the world. To date these have included projects with The Fantastic Flying Fish (Durban, South Africa), La Camionetta (Montpellier, France), Davis Freeman-Random Scream (Brussels, Belgium), Eager Artists Theatre Company (Durban, South Africa) and Gladys Agulhas' ATW (Johannesburg, South Africa). Most recently, Cekwana has been collaborating with choreographer Panaibra Canda from Mozambique on the INKOMATI project, and to develop the South-South Think Tank, a group working to promote artists and circulate their work within the Southern Hemisphere. The Inkomati (dis)cord, a collaborative work created with Canda, recently had its U.S. premiere at New York Live Arts in September, 2013 (co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française's Crossing the Line 2013 festival.

Lance Gries is an independent dancer, choreographer and teacher based in NYC. From 1985-1992, he was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. His work with that company has been honored with a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award and a Princess Grace Foundation Award. Since 1990, he has created and presented solo and group choreography in various venues in New York City such as The Kitchen, Danspace, Judson Church, La MaMa Experimental Theater and The State Theater at Lincoln Center, as well as cities throughout Europe, Australia and South America. His most recent solo evening, Etudes for an Astronaut, was nominated for a 2011 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award. A renowned teacher, Gries has taught workshops and master classes throughout the world. He recently premiered The FIFTY Project (recipient of a Princess Grace Special Project Grant). In celebration of his fiftieth birthday this year, he invited fifty dancers from around the world to meet him in a fifty-minute open dance. A video installation of these meetings was presented at La MaMa Galleria. His next work will be presented by Danspace in New York City, in March 2014.

Annie-B Parson is co-artistic director, with Paul Lazar, of the OBIE and New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award-winning company Big Dance Theater. Big Dance has appeared in venues including: Brooklyn Academy Of Music, City Center, DTW, New York Live Arts, Spoleto Festival, The Kitchen and Classic Stage Co., as well as internationally in Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Big Dance's most recent piece for the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, commissioned by The Anticodes Festival in France and The Walker Art Center, premiered at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. Parson created dance for David Byrne's musical Here Lies Love, which ran at The Public Theater. In 2008, she choreographed for David Byrne's world tour, as well as for his world tour with St. Vincent in 2011. Other recent work: Futurity (ART); Orlando (CSC-Lucille Lortel Nomination 2011), Broken Heart (TFNA, Lortel Nomination 2012), choreography for the string quartet Ethel and Dark Sisters, the Opera by Nico Muhly. Parson recently co-created Chekhov's Man in A Case for Hartford Stage, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, which is touring to many venues including Berkeley Rep and The Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C. this year and next. Parson received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, and the first Jacob's Pillow Award for visionary work in 2005. She is the Ford Fellow/USA Artist recipient of a theater award for 2012.

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