Choreographer Abby Zbikowski and crew have created a genre-bending work that brings together a mosaic group of dancers to redefine purpose for themselves as they labor their way through complex, demanding, and often perplexing physicality as a means to confront expectations and dive into the unknown head on. Utilizing the skills they have honed through their practices in movement traditions including (but not limited to) street dance, post-modern dance, contemporary African forms, tap, synchronized swimming, soccer, and martial arts, the cast draws from an arsenal of physical possibility to shatter assumptions of established forms and test the group’s own physical and mental limits. Working with Senegalese dance artist Momar Ndiaye as dramaturge, this work embodies the amalgam of contemporary living, chock full of cultural collisions, unlikely relationships, minor to major misunderstandings, a desire for logic, and being hard-wired to survive.
BILL CHATS: COMMUNITY SCHOLARS-AIMEE MEREDITH COX, JASMINE JOHNSON, DARNELL L. MOORE, EMIL WILBEKIN
Join us in a conversation to introduce the New York Live Arts Community of Scholars initiative that brings together a rotating international cohort of scholars, artists, and thought leaders to discuss the question: What does one need to know to be an informed global citizen…now? Truly taking up the moniker “Live Ideas,” this group will work and think closely with Bill T. Jones as he plots the next phase of New York Live Arts and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s artistic intervention in the world of ideas and transformative action. Members of this collective will also produce their own writing and creative projects as part of an ongoing dialogue with Bill T. Jones and the New York Live Arts community.
Aimee Meredith Cox*, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University will spearhead this initiative and serve as the lead scholar for the duration of the project. The first cohort of scholars include Jasmine E. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Princeton University, Darnell L. Moore*, Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content & Marketing at Netflix and Emil Wilbekin, Founder of Native Son, and former Editor-in-Chief of Giant and Giantmag.com and Vibe Magazine.
Shamel Pitts’ BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlonis a kaleidoscopic performance art experience using movement, original sound, light projection, and visual art. BLACK HOLE researches and shares an odyssey where three Black performers create a trinity of vigor, afrofuturism, and embrace. The project marks the third performance installment of choreographer Shamel Pitts’ and TRIBE artist’s triptych known as the “BLACK series.”
This season’s Fresh Tracks artists present their new work in a shared evening in the theater. Fresh Tracks Residency & Performance program is a season-long residency for emerging movement-based artists in support of new work creation and professional development. This season marks the 57th year of Fresh Tracks, which was a signature program of Dance Theater Workshop to bring new choreographic artistry to the forefront.
Friday April 15th at 7:30pm and Saturday April 16th at 7:30pm
Gloria is a feminist work continuing Lieber and Smith’s fifteen-year choreographic partnership in using abstract dance as a means to break down patriarchal systems of female degradation through physical objectification. As objects of this work, the artists position themselves as recognizable images of female objectification, only to deconstruct and reconstitute these forms through embodied movement and connection. Within this arena of deeply understood femininity and friendship, images dissolve as feelings communicate viscerally. Gloria is explicit, speaking through the voice of women forced to identify with society’s framing as “already been f*#cked.” Dance, however, provides these women a different narrative, sculpted by them through the potentiality of their own bodies and as authors of their own work. In an age of grief, this performance focuses on the glory of survival, shining through tits and ass to show spine and uterus.