Live Arts Presents In Process Showings From Residency Artists
New York Live Arts' Live Feed creative residency and commissioning program presents studio showings of new work in development by Alexandra Chasin and Zishan Ugurlu, February 8, 2019, and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, March 1, 2019.
Both showings start at 6 PM and are not open for review. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at 212 924 0077 or online at newyorklivearts.
New York Live Arts' Live Feed commission and residency program is a laboratory for the development of new work and offers a sneak peek into each artist's process and ideas before their creations hit the stage. Taking place within the intimate working space of the Live Arts studio, each showing is followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by special guests and Live Arts staff.
FEBRUARY 8: FRAGMENTS, LISTS & LUCUNAE
Alexandra Chasin and Zishan Ugurlu's Fragments, Lists & Lacunae is a multi-media production focusing on three college students who are grappling with their own blind spots as well as the (resonant) concepts in a course entitled "Fragments, Lists, & Lacunae." In each scene, a professor presents material on absence, silence, negation and nothingness; examples range from the 18-minute gap in Nixon's White House tapes, to Sappho's poetry, Swiss cheese, and the politics of "disappearance." On both conceptual and subjective planes, students, professor, and audience re-think - and re-experience - presence. At the center of these students' education is their Professor, played by seminal queer theorist and writer Judith Butler.
Zishan (Zisan) Ugurlu has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist since 1995. She is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama directed by Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival 2018. Panorama has already presented in Italy, Belgium, Spain, and will be presented in Austria and Germany in April. She is the founding artistic director of "Actors without Borders-ITONY." Her recent directing credits include Agamemnon (in Greek) by Aeschylus, Measure for Measure (in Turkish) by William Shakespeare, Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams, She Talks to Beethoven by Adrienne Kennedy. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is an Associate Professor at Lang College, The New School University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.
Alexandra Chasin is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School. Past recipient of Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY, Chasin is the author of four books, most recently Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs. Chasin was Artistic Director of Writing On It All, a public participatory writing project in New York City (writingonitall.com), 2013-2017. Trained as both a scholar (PhD in Modern Through & Lit., Stanford, 1993) and an artist (MFA in Fiction, Vermont College, 2002), Chasin works at the crossroads of scholarship, theory, and creative textual practice. alexandrachasin.us.
MARCH 1: CHAMELEON (The Chelsea Installments Part II)
Through a sequence of fabric and sound manipulations designed to obscure and reorganize how the Black body is witnessed and expressed in confined environments, Chameleon (The Chelsea Installments) examine the shapeshifting, illegible, and fugitive realities of Black diasporan people. The work explores how minoritarian communities record & affirm their existence through actions and protests that archive personal freedom narratives as a way to subvert culturally charged fields of systemic oppression, loss, and erasure.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American poet, curator, and performance artist originally from Detroit, MI. He is a 2019 Red Bull Arts Detroit Writing Fellow, 2018-2020 Live Feed Artist at New York Live Arts, a 2019 DiP Resident Artist at Gibney, a 2019 National Dance Project Award recipient, a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow, a 2017 Jerome Foundation Artist in Residence at Abrons Arts Center, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow. He lectures, speaks, and performs internationally. His previous works #negrophobia (nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award) and Séancers have toured throughout Europe, appearing in major festivals including Moving in November (Finland), TakeMeSomewhere (UK), SICK! (UK), Tanz im August (Berlin), Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival (Norway), Zurich MOVES! (Switzerland), Beursschouwburg (Belgium) and Spielart Festival (Munich), among others. He was an inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University, where he earned his MA in Curatorial Studies. Visit: jaamil.com or @jaamilkosoko to learn more.