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NEW YORK LIVE ARTS Welcomes Donna Uchizono Company, Now thru 12/7

New York Live Arts will present an evening of dance with Donna Uchizono Company (DUC), featuring the world premiere of Fire Underground and the Replay Series of State of Heads, today, December 4 - 7 at 7:30pm. Celebrating 20 years of art-making, Uchizono, a choreographer with a knack for "making something out of nothing" (Philadelphia City Paper) and known to create works with a "strangeness...[that] can enlarge our sense of humanity, [and] expand our frame" (The New York Times), will present both new and restaged works created from a wide range of inspiration.

Fire Underground, DUC's newest work, delves into the uncertainty and unknowingness of recent times, centering on and drawing from her own harrowing experience of a complex international adoption. A collaboration with dancer Rebecca Serrell-Cyr, lighting designer Joe Levasseur, composer David Shively and photographer Michael Grimaldi, Fire Underground explores the idea of truth within the frame of the international adoption process, examining the human consequences of uncertain endings. Designed as an intimate setting that challenges perceptions of "performance," the provocative, multi-layered work illuminates the complex crises of our times and the interconnections that bind us.

Preceding Fire Underground will be DUC's celebrated State of Heads, which originally premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in 1999 and was revived for last season's inaugural Live Ideas festival, The Worlds of Oliver Sacks. State of Heads features lighting design by Stan Pressner and original music by New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award winner James Lo. A work that explores the concept of disjointedness and the passage of time, it is performed by dancers Rebecca Serrell Cyr, Levi Gonzalez and Hristoula Harakas, who Brian Seibert of The New York Times deemed "all excellent" after seeing the work at Live Ideas.

Fire Underground is commissioned by New York Live Arts and made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is given by contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts.

Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows. Tickets are $30. 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.

Donna Uchizono Company

Fire Underground and State of Heads

Dec 4 - 7 at 7:30pm

New York Live Arts Theater, New York Live Arts

Tickets: $30

T: 212-924-0077 |

219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Box Office hours:

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

Schedule of Related Events:

Dec 4 Stay Late Discussion: Behind Fire Underground with Donna Uchizono Company moderated by Jaamil Kosoko (Producing Associate - Humanities and Engagement, New York Live Arts)

Dec 5 at 5:30pm Come Early Panel Conversation: Making Dances in the '90s Though Today's Lens moderated by Carla Peterson (Artistic Director, New York Live Arts) in dialogue with Tere O'Connor, John Jasperse, RoseAnne Spradlin and Donna Uchizono

Shared Practice Workshop: Silent Virtuosity

Nov 30, 1:00-4:00pm, $20

Fire Underground, Donna Uchizono's newest work, reflects Uchizono's personal experience with the international adoption process. In her Shared Practice session, Uchizono will share her dance making process by exploring the frameworks that arose from the concept of Fire Underground; the dialogue that ensued with the dance itself; and her uninvited but natural tendency for "silent virtuosity" which surfaced in this work in the form of duration and repetition, which encompassed miniscule changes. Uchizono will invite participants to discover structures derived from their own concepts or thought process, encouraging them to develop an awareness of the concerns that drives their work and the rigor required to pursue their poetic truth. The session will examine the possibility of universal moments of truth by using dance as the question and answer.

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