DANCENOISE World Premiere Announced At New York Live Arts
As part of its Live Feed creative residency program, New York Live Arts presents the world premiere of DANCENOISE; Lock 'em Up!, a new full evening length work marking the 35th year of creative collaboration between the legendary NYC performance staples and Bessie Award winners Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton. Since 1983 the team has created across genre and performed across venues, including nightclubs, experimental black boxes, theaters and museums. In response to the current political climate, the enthralling duo takes the audience captive, delving into their experience of living, resisting, and trying to hang on to a shared humanity in their signature no-holds-barred feminist stage show escapade.
Built on manic choreography, indiscriminate violence, biting up-to-the-minute social commentary, and precise comedic timing, DANCENOISE weaves movement vignettes with outspoken musings that at one moment incite motivation and rage and the next laughter and hope. Original videos filmed and designed by Charles Atlas embrace the stage and mirror DANCENOISE's duality of a fresh, sharp breath intertwined with a thoughtful and heartfelt point of view. Iobst and Sexton are joined by performers Tyler Ashley, Laurie Berg, Heidi Dorow, Connie Fleming, Greta Hartenstein, and Madison Krekel. Dramaturgy by Sarah Michelson. Performance dates are December 12 - 15, 2018, 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at 212 924 0077 or online at newyorklivearts.org.
On Thursday, December 13 there will be a Stay Late Conversation after the 7:30 PM show.
Lock 'em Up! is supported by New York Live Arts Live Feed residency program, Gibney's Dance in Process residency, and a Creative Engagement grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The Live Feed creative residency program is a laboratory for the development of new commissioned work directed toward the Live Arts theater. Informal public showings offer a sneak peek into each resident artist's process and ideas before they hit the stage. Each showing takes place within the intimate working space of the Live Arts studio and is followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by special guests and Live Arts staff. The Live Feed program is supported in part by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Partners for New Performance.
Dance in Process (DiP) provides nuanced creative residency support for mid-career New York City-based artists by offering continuous, concentrated access to studio rehearsal space, a significant stipend, and technical and administrative resources. DiP has received generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the program and provide 24 residencies over two years (2017-19).
DANCENOISE is Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton. The duo began making dance-based performances in 1983, initially emerging at the crossroads of no-wave, punk, performance art, modern dance, and Manhattan's East Village nightclub scene. Their legendary stage shows-built on manic choreography, indiscriminate violence, biting up-to-the-minute social commentary, and precise comedic timing-made them, in the words of downtown performance legend Tom Murrin, "the premier practitioners of synchronized aggression." DANCENOISE performed in many New York clubs and theaters including WOW Cafe, the Pyramid, 8BC, Performance Space 122, Franklin Furnace, and The Kitchen, and went on to tour nationally and internationally, presenting their work at Lincoln Center and winning a NY Dance and Performance Bessie Award. The Whitney Museum of American Art featured a DANCENOISE retrospective exhibit and performance in July 2015.
Charles Atlas has been a pioneering figure in film and video for over four decades. Atlas has extended the limits of his medium, forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques. Throughout his production, the artist has consistently fostered collaborative relationships, working intimately with such artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima/New Humans, Antony and The Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, for whom he served as in-house videographer for a decade from the early 1970s through 1983; their close working relationship continued until Cunningham's death in 2009.
Atlas was born in St. Louis, MO in 1949; he has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1970s. Recent solo exhibitions include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; De Hallen, Haarlem; Bloomberg SPACE, London; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2017, the Hammer Museum acquired Atlas' five-channel video installation with sound entitled The Tyranny of Consciousness, which had been recently featured in Viva Arte Viva, the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial. Atlas' work is included in the permanent collections of major institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands. In 2017, Atlas and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener premiered Tesseract, a new two-part work consisting of a stereoscopic 3D film and dance performance with live cinematic mixing.
NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, 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 time.
At the center of its identity is Artistic Director Bill T. Jones, world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and is the company's sole producer, providing support and the environment to originate innovative and challenging new work for the Company and the NYC creative community. New York Live Arts produces and presents dance, music and theater performances in its 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 offers an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists and commissions.