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Bemis Center Announces "Liveness is Critical" Performance Residency

"I wanted to put the spotlight on the action of idea-generation for live art." - Artistic Director for Residency Programs Ellina Kevorkian .

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts presents Liveness Is Critical, an innovative residency program dedicated to critical discourse exploring interdisciplinary performance in contemporary art, including work that traverses the theater, dance, and performance fields. Artistic Director for Residency Programs Ellina Kevorkian has curated an intensive ten-day residency program, beginning April 27 through May 6, 2016, that focuses on advancing peer-to-peer dialogue and scholarship among nationally recognized performance artists, curators, scholars, and writers by increasing exposure to various modes of thinking.

In the first session, participating residents include: Travis Chamberlain, independent theater director and associate curator of performance, New Museum, NYC, NY; Denise Chapman, theater artist and associate director, Performing Arts Collective, the Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Shoshona Currier, performance curator, Chicago, IL; Emily Johnson, choreographer and artistic director, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Minneapolis, MN, and NYC, NY; Abigail Levine, choreographer and visiting faculty in dance, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Daniel Sack, writer, editor, and assistant professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA; Juliana Snapper, performance artist, opera singer, and PhD candidate in musicology, University of California, San Diego, Los Angeles, CA.

The Liveness Is Critical platform nurtures the local and national performance ecosystem by supporting artists, curators, scholars, and writers who use the body, temporality, action, and the element of liveness in their work. This curated residency seeks to highlight the critical and theoretical underpinnings that surround performance production, presentation, and scholarship. Using the Bemis Center model of providing time and space to support process and inquiry," Kevorkian states, “I wanted to put the spotlight on the action of idea-generation for live art.”

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs. Located in the historic Old Market district, the Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production today. Read more: