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NY Arts Exec to Lead LA Master ChoraleNY Arts Exec to Lead LA Master Chorale
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

New York Arts Executive Jean Davidson, who has been affiliated with some of the country's most innovative and successful arts organizations, has been named President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), the nation's largest professional chorus and Walt Disney Concert Hall resident chorus led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and heralded around the globe for its unparalleled artistry, announces LAMC Chair David Gindler. She assumes the post on August 31, 2015. Davidson has served since 2011 as Executive Director & CEO of New York Live Arts, an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary performing arts center under the artistic direction of Bill T. Jones. Guiding its phenomenal growth and success since its inception, she was instrumental in leading the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company through its merger with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts, a new model of artist-led, producing and presenting arts organization unique in the United States. Today New York Live Arts, noted for commissioning cutting-edge new works, its vibrant community partnerships and as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, presents more than 100 performances annually in its theater and studios inside its 20,000-square-foot facility in Chelsea, operating with a $5.8 million budget. Davidson is cited for her forward-thinking management style, fostering artistic innovation, developing and expanding creative partnerships with disparate educational and cultural organizations, and overseeing tremendous revenue development and programmatic growth. She previously served as Executive Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in New York City for six years prior to the merger, when the company launched two successful initiatives entitled Partners in Creation and Partners in Education; Managing Director of The Silk Road Project, Inc., a non-profit arts and cultural organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma which during her tenure commissioned 25 chamber works, launched a worldwide tour, released three recordings; and Production Administrator for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Davidson replaces LAMC President & CEO Terry Knowles, who steps down at the end of the season following a tremendously successful 15-year tenure with the chorus, during which time the Chorale experienced unsurpassed financial and artistic growth, toured around the world to critical acclaim, released six commercial CDs, created a recording partnership with Decca Classics, and twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America's prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation's highest choral music award. Davidson's appointment comes at a critical time in the Chorale's history, as it is poised to launch its 52nd season and a new period of strategic growth. The national executive search for Knowles' successor was led by Arts Consulting Group, the leading provider of executive search and other services for the arts and culture industry. (more...)

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & Loyola Marymount University Launch New PartnershipBill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & Loyola Marymount University Launch New Partnership
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts' Resident Dance Company, today announced the launch of a new partnership with Loyola Marymount University (LMU). The partnership with the Los Angeles based university marks the first of its kind, adding to the Company's existing collegiate education programs. Spanning a total of four years, the partnership will bring the Company's works and their pedagogical and performative philosophy to LMU's campus and the Los Angeles area. (more...)

Dance Company 10 Hairy Legs Announces Dates, Programs for 2015 SeasonDance Company 10 Hairy Legs Announces Dates, Programs for 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Highland Park, New Jersey --- Randy James' all male dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, returns to New York Live Arts for its third consecutive New York Season for four performances June 11 -14.   Continuing to showcase the company's extensive repertory that celebrates and explores the artistry of the male dancer, this season features 2 programs, 6 New York City Premieres, 9 works by 10 Choreographers and Live Musical Accompaniment at all performances. Robert Johnson, Dance Critic noted “…since its formation in 2012, its rapid growth has been astonishing…the diversity of this programming is a treat for audiences…this company has also become a welcome source of choreographic commissions…there aren't many repertory companies yet, but when a group like 10 Hairy Legs performs…the scenery changes and styles switch abruptly. Viewers are whisked from choreographer to choreographer; and sometimes if feels as if everyone is talking at once. Ideas richochet, the atmosphere is exhilarating.” (more...)

Bill T. Jones World Premiere Set for Peak Performances, 6/18-21Bill T. Jones World Premiere Set for Peak Performances, 6/18-21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

tra-mon-tane adjective r?-'man-. t?n, . tra-m?n-' 1. Traveling to, situated on, or living on the other side of a mountain; latin transmontanus 'beyond the mountains' Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is based on an oral history Bill T. Jones conducted with 94-year-old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker during World War II. Analogy began twelve years ago, simply, as a gift Jones created for his longtime partner and collaborator, Bjorn Amelan and his family. Dora Amelan's harrowing, touching and inspirational story is broken into 25 episodes that become the basis for choreography, narrative and music. These episodes chronicle her early family life, her mother's death as the Germans were marching into Belgium, her journey onwards to France and the loss of further family members during the war. Arriving in Vichy France she encounters the internment camps of Gurs and Rivesaltes, where she devotes herself to working for a Jewish underground organization. Dora currently lives in Paris and will attend the premiere. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Welcomes Andrea Sholler as General ManagerJacob's Pillow Welcomes Andrea Sholler as General Manager
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces today that Andrea Sholler, former Associate Director of The Tow Foundation and Executive Director of Dance Theater Workshop, will join the organization as General Manager. Sholler will assume the position on May 18, 2015, returning to the institution where she began her career from 1983 to 1985 as the Pillow's first Development Associate. Jacob's Pillow, located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is a National Historic Landmark, National Medal of Arts recipient, and home to America's longest running dance festival. (more...)

LA MAMA MOVES! Festival to Celebrate 10th AnniversaryLA MAMA MOVES! Festival to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Uncork the Champagne and raise a glass. La MaMa Moves! dance festival is readying itself for its 10th anniversary festivities while its artists are busily preparing a dozen world, U.S. and New York premieres to celebrate its decade of dance. (more...)

Bill T. Jones to Narrate STORY/TIME at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 10/10Bill T. Jones to Narrate STORY/TIME at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

In a rare stage appearance, Bill T. Jones narrates personal stories in this captivating multidisciplinary work Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 East Atherton Street, Long Beach, California. (more...)

Choreographer Liz Gerring to Receive $25,000 Jacob's Pillow Dance AwardChoreographer Liz Gerring to Receive $25,000 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

This year's Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, a prestigious honor carrying an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize, will be presented to contemporary choreographer Liz Gerring in recognition of her talent and outstanding contributions to the dance field. Active in the dance world for nearly 20 years, Gerring regularly garners acclaim for her 'enthralling and important' works (Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times) that also 'reveals the dancers as the splendid athletes that they are' (dance critic Deborah Jowitt). Gerring will accept the Award and members of Liz Gerring Dance Company will perform at the Pillow's Season Opening Gala on Saturday, June 20 in the Ted Shawn Theatre. The company will return to perform the evening-length work glacier in the Doris Duke Theatre August 19-23. Previous recipients of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award include tap artist Michelle Dorrance, the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, and Tony Award winner and director of New York Live Arts Bill T. Jones, among others. (more...)

Peak Performances to Present World Premiere of Heidi Latsky's TRIPTYCH, 4/16-19Peak Performances to Present World Premiere of Heidi Latsky's TRIPTYCH, 4/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Heidi Latsky's Triptych makes its World Premiere at Peak Performances April 16 - 19 with two live works, Somewhere and Solo/Countersolo, and the debut film of Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Playwright Lisi DeHaas and LEAVE ME GREENBWW Interviews: Playwright Lisi DeHaas and LEAVE ME GREEN
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 26, 2015

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Playwright Lisi DeHaas about her career and her current show, 'Leave Me Green,' now being performed in New York City through April 11th. (more...)

MASS MoCA and Jacob's Pillow to Welcome KEIGWIN + COMPANY, 4/11-12MASS MoCA and Jacob's Pillow to Welcome KEIGWIN + COMPANY, 4/11-12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Cultural partners Jacob's Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA present KEIGWIN + COMPANY, April 11 at 8pm and April 12 at 3pm at the Hunter Center. (more...)

MoMA Announces New Exhibitions and Events in AprilMoMA Announces New Exhibitions and Events in April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

In conjunction with the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980, Learning from/in Latin America will expand on the exhibition's curatorial framework and further explore key positions, debates, and architectural activity arising from Mexico to Cuba and the Southern Cone over three decades of development between 1955 and the early 1980s. (more...)

THE NORTHERN STARS OF DANCE Set for Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, 4/10-12THE NORTHERN STARS OF DANCE Set for Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, 4/10-12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Northern Illinois University (NIU) proudly presents The Northern Stars of Dance Concert at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., April 10 - 12. Showcasing the talent of alumni, students and faculty from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, the performance will center on Spent Days Out Yonder, a piece choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones. Performances take place Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors and can be purchased through the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts Box Office by calling 312-337-6543. For more information, please visit www.niu.edu/theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at NIU's THE NORTHERN STARS OF DANCE ConcertPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at NIU's THE NORTHERN STARS OF DANCE Concert
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Northern Illinois University (NIU) proudly presents The Northern Stars of Dance Concert at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., April 10 - 12. Showcasing the talent of alumni, students and faculty from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, the performance will center on Spent Days Out Yonder, a piece choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones. Performances take place Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the dancers in action! (more...)

Lyon Opera Ballet to Perform at Meany Hall, 4/16Lyon Opera Ballet to Perform at Meany Hall, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

One of the world's leading contemporary dance companies, The Lyon Opera Ballet is renowned for its vast repertory of work by emerging and established choreographers. The company has acquired and commissioned ballets by a wide range of international dance makers including Jirí Kylían, Nils Christe, Nacho Duato, Trisha Brown, Ralph Lemon, and Bill T. Jones, among others. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times hailed Lyon Opera Ballet as “a company full of surprises,” marked by “impressive individuality [and] versatile dancers.” The company returns to Meany Hall with a mixed program: William Forsythe's Steptext (a quartet set to J.S. Bach), Sunshine by Emanuel Gat and Sarabande by Benjamin Millipied. (more...)

Ann Hamilton's THEATER IS A BLANK PAGE, Workshops, A RITE Tour and More Among SITI Company's Spring 2015 LineupAnn Hamilton's THEATER IS A BLANK PAGE, Workshops, A RITE Tour and More Among SITI Company's Spring 2015 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Since its founding in 1992, SITI Company has redefined contemporary theater in the United States through an innovative approach to collaboration, cultural exchange and actor training. With the ensemble as its bedrock, SITI has served as a creative home for a core group of artists: ten actors, four designers, the director Anne Bogart, and a stunning list of international collaborators. Working together, SITI has not only reimagined what is possible both on and off the stage, but, more broadly, what it means to be a global artist in the new millennium. (more...)

Patricia Noworol to Lead Dance Troupe at New York Live Arts, 4/30-5/1Patricia Noworol to Lead Dance Troupe at New York Live Arts, 4/30-5/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Award-winning Polish-German choreographer Patricia Noworol leads her dance theater troupe in a three-day run at New York Live Arts' Theater with the world premiere of Replacement Place. Known for her layered storytelling and provocative productions, Noworol continues to create visually striking, emotionally charged displays of dance-theater and multimedia performances that demand rigor and passion. (more...)

Harlem Stage to Premiere Stew's NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG This JuneHarlem Stage to Premiere Stew's NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Harlem Stage is pleased to present the world premiere of Notes of a Native Song, a new work by Tony and Obie award-winning playwright, singer-songwriter Stew (Passing Strange), co-composed with his long-time collaborator Heidi Rodewald, who also performs. (more...)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Return to The Bushnell, 3/24Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Return to The Bushnell, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, will travel to 18 cities coast-to-coast presenting 80 performances, including a performance Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bushnell's Mortensen Hall in Hartford. Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and available online atwww.bushnell.org, by phone at 860-987-5900, or at The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. The Hartford engagement of the Alvin Ailey tour is sponsored by Fairview Capital. (more...)

Ella Rosewood Dance, New Works and More Set for Green Space Next MonthElla Rosewood Dance, New Works and More Set for Green Space Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

Green Space is pleased to offer a diverse roster of new/emerging artists in March. Fertile Ground will present new work by various artists and Take Root will present an evening of work by Ella Rosewood Dance and EstadoFlotante. (more...)

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