What will we be like when we get there

World Premiere at New York Live Arts, NYC (March 28–31, 2018)
As part of Live Artery at New York Live Arts, NYC (January 4–5, 2019)

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What will we be like when we get there is a multidisciplinary dance performance with dancer/choreographer Joanna Kotze, visual artist Jonathan Allen, dancer Omagbitse Omagbemi, and composer/musician Ryan Seaton. Our multi-disciplinary team investigates physical, emotional, and artistic spectrums while reflecting on personal journeys and the current environment - bringing attention to our desires, flaws, strengths, and fantasies. 

What will we be like when we get there was created during a series of residencies, most of which culminated in public showings of the work-in-progress: The Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France; Marble House, Vermont; Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona; Governor’s Island, New York City, through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Bennington College, Vermont; Jacob’s Pillow, Massachusetts; Milvus Artistic Research Center, Kivik, Sweden; 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, New York City; New York Live Arts, New York City.

Post-show events as part of the premiere at New York Live Arts:

  • Artist talk with Jonathan Allen about his five new paintings created in conjunction with the performance

  • Audience discussion moderated by choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili

  • Concert curated by Ryan Seaton featuring local musicians performing works that were part of the making of What will we be like when we get there

The creation of What will we be like when we get there is supported in part by a commission from New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency program with additional support from the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and the Shubert Foundation. What will we be like when we get there is also supported by a Jerome Foundation General grant and residencies at The Camargo Foundation (with support from Movement Research and the Jerome Foundation), Marble House, Sedona Arts Center (and the City of Sedona), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Bennington College, Jacob’s Pillow Creative Development Residency Program, MARC - Milvus Artistic Research Center, the Harkness Dance Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program at 92Y, and many generous individuals including the Joanna Kotze Dance Projects Leadership Circle.

The original cast featured Netta Yerushalmy.

Photos by Ian Douglas, Maria Baranova, Ryutaro Mishima, Carolyn Silverman, Jonathan Allen, David Dashiell, Albin Hillervik