New York Live Arts’
James Baldwin, This Time!
Launches the year of James Baldwin in New York City
Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27
New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts Theater
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tickets: FREE – $60 | Festival Passes $175
T: 212-924-0077 | newyorklivearts.org/liveideas
Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 1 – 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 – 8pm
Highlights include an array of theater, visual art, dance, video and literature events with artists Carrie Mae Weems, Jamaica Kincaid, Suzan-Lori Parks, Stew, Carl Hancock Rux, Colman Domingo, Fran Lebowitz, Colm Tóibín, Charles O. Anderson and Patricia McGregor
New York Live Arts’ second annual Live Ideas festival, James Baldwin, This Time! will take place April 23 – 27, 2014. Inaugurating “The Year of James Baldwin,” a city-wide celebration in 2014 – 15 of the continuing artistic, intellectual and moral presence of James Baldwin on the occasion of what would have been his 90th year, James Baldwin, This Time! will present no fewer than 18 events in an array of theater, visual art, dance, video and literature.
Curated by celebrated non-fiction writer Lawrence Weschler in conjunction with Bill T. Jones, highlights of the five-day long festival include the world premiere of the theater work Nothing Personal, based on the 1964 collaborative book by James Baldwin and Richard Avedon, directed by Patricia McGregor and starring Colman Domingo; a preview of Carl Hancock Rux’s play Stranger on Earth, featuring vocalist Marcelle Davies-Lashley; an intimate evening with award-winning composer Stew, who shares his creative process surrounding his new Baldwin inspired work, Notes of a Native Song; the New York premiere of choreographer Charles O. Anderson’s Restless Natives; and the world premiere of choreographer Dianne McIntyre’s Time is Time. Also featured during the festival are an original video installation, driven by Baldwin’s voice, by contemporary visual artist Hank Willis Thomas; the speaking program “Jimmy at High Noon,” featuring poet Nikky Finney, actors Jesse L. Martin and André De Shields and others reading Baldwin’s work and discussing its impact; and an Opening Keynote Conversation featuring photographer Carrie Mae Weems, novelist and essayist Jamaica Kincaid and Bill T. Jones, Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. Complete programming information and a schedule for James Baldwin, This Time! can be found below.
The 2014 Live Ideas Festival, James Baldwin, This Time! is being presented by New York Live Arts as part of “The Year of James Baldwin” in partnership with Harlem Stage and Columbia University School of the Arts Office of Community Outreach and Education. Other collaborators include: The New School and its Vera List Center for Art and Politics; the School of Writing; NYU; and others to be announced as the year progresses.
Bill T. Jones, Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts
Carrie Mae Weems, photographer
Jamaica Kincaid, novelist and essayist
Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright
Carl Hancock Rux, director and performer
Colman Domingo, director and performer
Fran Lebowitz, essayist
Colm Tóibín, novelist and poet
Charles O. Anderson, choreographer
Dianne McIntyre, choreographer
Patricia McGregor, director
Hank Willis Thomas, visual artist