Ana Isabel Keilson

New York Dead Arts
Saturday 12-3pm, March 26 at NYPL for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center)

In light of the shifting landscape of the New York City dance community and the recent "reimagining" of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company into a single entity called New York Live Arts, this class is a tour of DTW's video archive housed at the Dance Division of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts. We will watch videos spanning DTW's life, focusing on works by artists whose work once occupied an integral part of the dance community but is now dead and/or forgotten. Looking at a broad selection of DTW's diverse archival history, we will reflect about what the death of DTW means and ask lofty questions such as: what, exactly, is live art? When, precisely, does art die? Does it matter? The class is divided up into a two-to-three hour viewing session, followed by a discussion and group presentations.

*This class is open to EVERYONE. No prior knowledge about anything is required.*

Please note: this class will meet in the foyer of the main entrance of the New York Library for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center). Please bring a pencil, notebook, your NYPL card (if you have one), and an additional form of photo-identification. Latecomers should proceed directly to the Dance Division.


Ana Isabel Keilson lives and makes dances in New York City; she is also a first year History PhD candidate at Columbia University. Fellowships and awards include: Choreographic Fellowship, Summer Stages Dance (2010); Choreographer in Residence, The Yard (2010); visiting artist, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC (2010); visiting artist, Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland (2009); Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab American Dance Guild Scholarship (2009); Phi Beta Kappa (2005). She currently works with the Moscow/St. Petersburg-based directors Kseniya Petrenko and Alexeii Zherebstov (Liquid Theater). Teaching cred includes: the Putney School Summer Program (2009); Bowdoin College (guest lecturer 2008 and 2009); CLASSCLASSCLASS (2009-present). In 2010 she was the co-director of CLASSCLASSCLASS. She is the founder and organizer of 'the zine.' From 2008 to 2009 she was the film archivist for Merce Cunningham. This spring she is a writer-in-residence for Danspace Project's 2011 platform, Body Madness.

     Photo: Daniel Mintz