Thursday, March 26, 2009

Performing @ The Salon Series

Live Arts Collaboration

Together with

The Performance Project @ University Settlement


The Salon Series

March 30th 2009

At 184 Eldridge Street (at Rivington Street) 2nd Floor

Please join Live Arts Collaboration on Monday, March 30th from 7-9 pm for the first part of their innovative Salon Series, now in its third season.

Through an exciting partnership with The Performance Project @ University Settlement, five artists will present excerpts of their work, including two exciting composers, Laura Koplewitz and Tony Maestrone, a wonderful choreographer, Sarae Garcia, a very talented filmmaker, Janusz Jaworski, and an excellent performance artist, Erik Fabian. Following the presentations, there will be a short moderated panel discussion and a wine reception.

The salons are free, informal, and a great opportunity to meet new artists. LAC's audiences are as dynamic as their presenters and you never know next to whom you might sit. It could be an artist whose work you have admired for years or someone who is about to become your biggest fan.

The main goal of The Salon Series is to unwrap the creative process by introducing artists from different disciplines to one another. Each evening, 5 artists selected from across all disciplines share samples of their work, illuminate their process, and seek out collaboration, conversation and connection.

About the Presentations:

Laura Koplewitz (Composer) Laura will present a work-in-progress for violin and orchestra, and also discuss her explorations of interdisciplinary work with environmentalists/scientists, exploring concepts that have been shared on creative conceptualization of 'time and flow' over marked periodicity, as a means of finding a common dialogue among artists and scientists.

Sarae Garcia (Dancer/Choreographer) will present a piece titled "Exile" with music by Sergei Rachmaninof.

Janusz Jaworski (Filmmaker) will present an excerpt of "a measure of silence." This ten film series was shot on Super-8 black and white film and then transferred to digital video for editing. Commissioned by New Dance Alliance in 2008 for presentation in 2009, it premiered over two weeks, with one film being shown each night of the Performance Mix Festival (February/March 2009).

Tony Maestrone (Composer) will present an excerpt of his rock musical, “Death of a Hipster.” In its embryonic stage, this piece is loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, set in an artist’s loft in Brooklyn. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll with a little bit of death (both metaphorical and real) thrown in for good measure.

Erik Fabian (Performance Artist) will be presenting excerpts from “An introduction to midnight gardening.” "Midnight gardening" is the term used to describe the act of protecting valuables by burial. Often practiced at night, in one's backyard, when the cover of darkness obscures the act of burial from curious neighbors.

About Live Arts Collaboration:

The mission of the Live Arts Collaboration (LAC) is to foster collaborative projects among artists in various disciplines by creating and supporting work designed both to develop new audiences and to document the process of collaboration. As a non-profit dedicated to live performances, the LAC will act as a resource and network for artists. By advising artists throughout the creative process and helping artists understand the challenges of collaboration and the artistic language of their media, the primary goal of the LAC is to bring the live arts back into the forefront of American culture.

Through the LAC Salon Series, we hope to create a formal network of talented artists who are clear in their intentions, accessible to audiences, and take ownership of introducing audiences to their work, demonstrating longevity with delivering powerful, compelled and varied art.

About the Presenting Artists:

Laura Koplewitz (Composer) is a chamber and orchestral composer living in NYC / Vermont, whose work is in the American and French traditions, her influences are Ravel, Debussy, Copland, V. Williams, Barber. She has written on commission from Jaime Laredo (Vermont Symphony), a violin concerto for the concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic, Joanna Kurkowicz, and is in progress of completing a recording project with the Polish National Radio Symphony. Laura has been particularly working in the arena of interdisciplinary collaboration with painters and poets, and has been artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, scholar-in-residence at the Whiteley Center part of the Friday Harbor Laboratory oceanographic institute of the University of Washington, and most recently Innovator-in-Residence in 2009 with Teal Farm / Living Future, a 'think tank' 1200 acre sustainable living center designed for artists, scholars, and scientists to work together envisioning the future. Laura is an Asst. Prof. on the faculty of Stony Brook University in a Master of Liberal Studies program as well as a working composer.

Sarae Garcia (Dancer/Choregrapher) Born and raised in NYC, Sarae began her training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center as a scholarship student. She Graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts and Music and Art. Received a B.F.A. from New York University; Tisch School of the Arts (Scholarship). Is the recipient of the Helen Tamiris Award and the Arts Recognition Award from the National Endowment for Advancement in the Art's. She has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Kevin Wynn, Elisa Monte, Eloe Pamare, Abdel R. Salaam, Nathan Trice, and Lisa Rinehart.

Sarae has performed in a variety of Forums such as, the Apollo Theatre- FON, Black Arts Festival- FON, Winter Solstice-Paul Winter, Manhattan Center- Bishop Tutu, and Lincoln Center- Little Orchestra Society. She has also participated on several tours with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company fulfilling principles roles.

As the performing Arts Coordinator for the Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., She believes in the power of dance arts and the impact it can have on people on an individual and social scale. Art teaches skills that are applicable to life. Whether it is the skill of strength, coordination, calculation, mental flexibility, imagination, communication, persistence, and discipline, students are taught and encouraged to look at there lives as an artistic expression and to face daily life with the training of a dancer.

Janusz Jaworski (Filmmaker) His paintings, sculptures and photographs have appeared in exhibitions in New York City and Kansas, and are also in private collections scattered around the world. His performance work has been supported through the years by the unsung heroes at Movement Research, The Field, chashama, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, New Dance Alliance, Williamsburg Arts neXus, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His films have made appearances at more festivals than he's been able to attend. He enjoys collaboration and improvisation. His handmade books hold the thoughts and to-do lists of many creative people. One of his hobbies is writing bios that read like manifestos. He doesn't usually write of himself in the third person. Occasionally, he updates his website: You can comment on his work by emailing “A measure of silence” was made possible, in part, through a grant from the Experimental Television Center with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. A limited edition of 50 DVDs with the complete series is currently available via my website (

Tony Maestrone (Composer) Tony Maestrone received his M.F.A. in acting from Temple University in 1997. He went on to do New York Theater, television, and film. He subsequently quit the business and went on tour with major label recording artist LP, playing over 100 shows a year in every corner of the country. The band’s single, “Wasted”, is the theme song for the Logo Network’s show “South of Nowhere”. Tony stopped touring when the van finally broke down for good. For some reason, he is now writing a rock musical called “Death of a Hipster”.

Erik Fabian (Performance Artist) is an artist working in performance, installation and conceptual art. For several years, in anticipation of the current economic crisis, Erik has been presenting work in marketplace environments that pair performances with simple commodities (like silver bullion) to explore notions of value; how we value art and the experience of performance; and how the perception of value changes during inflationary monetary environments. Erik is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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