New York Live Arts Announces LIVE IDEAS: THE WORLDS OF OLIVER SACKS Festival, 4/17-21
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by BWW News Desk
New York Live Arts' Executive Artistic Director, Bill T. Jones, today announced the creation of Live Ideas, the latest program initiative for the Chelsea-based organization that has become an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry and artists actively engaged with the political, intellectual and cultural currents of our times. Taking place each spring, Live Ideas will concentrate on a different theme, explored through conversation and artistic presentations over several days. The inaugural festival, taking place Wednesday, April 17th through Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at New York Live Arts is themed The Worlds of Oliver Sacks.
"Live Ideas, as an annual event at New York Live Arts, will be distinctive in its explorations of the interplay of creative expression and the world of ideas," said Jones. "We are extremely pleased that the first edition of the festival also affords us a rare opportunity to collaborate with the inimitable Dr. Sacks. Perhaps more than anyone in recent history, Dr. Sacks has contributed to our growing understanding of the role of creative expression within the mind-body connection."
The acclaimed neurologist, who celebrates his 80th year in 2013, is the author of such best-selling works as Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia and Hallucinations. Called "the poet laureate of medicine" by the New York Times, Sacks will help to kick off the first edition of Live Ideas on April 17th, joining Jones and celebrated non-fiction writer Lawrence Weschler on the opening night of the festival for a keynote conversation. Weschler, a long-time friend and associate of Sacks', is the guest curator for the first edition of Live Ideas. Comprised of more than 20 events across five consecutive days, the series will include a wide array of performances, films, discussions and more.
"With Live Ideas, we are creating multiple entry points for audiences to understand and explore some of the underlying ideas expressed through movement-based art," said New York Live Arts CEO Jean Davidson. "Throughout his career, Dr. Sacks has articulated the complex relationships between mind and body, which makes his work a compelling focus for the inaugural season. We are grateful for his participation in this new program, which is underwritten by the Ford Foundation and other generous supporters."
All events will take place at New York Live Arts' theater and studios, located at 219 W 19th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. The festival includes both free and ticketed events. Tickets go on sale for New York Live Arts Members and Associate Artists today, and general public may begin purchasing tickets on February 8, 2013. A flexible and inclusive festival pass is also available. Tickets may be purchased online at newyorklivearts.org/liveideas, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.
For more information, visit the Live Ideas microsite at www.newyorklivearts.org/liveideas.
Artwork: Oliver Sacks Book Covers, art by Cardon Webb