Public Programs And Events

Women Between Arts curated by Luisa Muhr - Karen Bernard | Motrya Kozbur, Audréanne Filion (Canada) | Nia & Nes

December 15, 2018, 9:00 PM

Women Between Arts curated by Luisa Muhr - Karen Bernard | Motrya Kozbur, Audréanne Filion (Canada) | Nia & Nes

Glass Box Performance Space
General Public 

Women Between Arts is New York's currently leading interdisciplinary womxn artists series (inclusive of non-binary people), created and curated by multi- and interdisciplinary artist Luisa Muhr, with its home-base at The New School (Mannes School of Music, Arnhold Hall Glass Box Theater). The series has been developed for professionals who identify as womxn or non-binary people, their groups/ensembles/collaborators (including people of all genders), who work with any combination of music, theater, dance, poetry, performance art, installations, and/or visual arts in an unconventional way. Each event features three artists/groups and their work. The pieces are about 15 minutes each and there is a talk-back after the performances where audience members have the opportunity to learn more about the artists, their work, and their process.
Luisa's mission is to provide a platform for and encourage dialogue between strong, diverse womxn and non-binary artists who combine multiple art fields in order to create interdisciplinary work. Women Between Arts is produced by FENGARI Works. The series follows the code of conduct of We Have Voice.

Many thanks to John Zorn and Richard Kessler (Dean of Mannes School of Music).

All events will take place at The New School Arnhold Hall Glass Box Theater, 55 W 13th St, New  York, NY 10011.

No cash at door. Please buy tickets in advance via Eventbrite and

Early Bird: $15
Day of Event: $20
The New  School Students: $10
Pay-what-you-can option for the unemployed. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For questions, please visit our website or contact Luisa Muhr:

Presented by Mannes School of Music.

About the Artists :

Karen Bernard is an interdisciplinary dance and performance artist. She began studying dance at the age of three with her father Steven Bernard, a company member with the 20th century pioneer, Charles Weidman. In 1986 she founded New Dance Alliance, an arts service organization that provides subsidized studio space, LiftOff Creative and Development Workshop, and Residency, and the Performance Mix Festival now in its 33rd year. Bernard has travelled extensively as an artist and producer. Her most recent projects include Showgirls, which had a month long residency and performances at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy and Earthdance, MA.  Poolside is her newest creation inspired by her artist residency at Obras Foundation in Estremoz, Portugal.

Motrya Kozbur is a Montréal-based movement artist.  She grew up in Illinois and began her training in ballet and Ukrainian folk dance.  Motrya completed a BFA in contemporary dance at the Boston Conservatory in 2011.  In 2012, she moved to Brooklyn and worked for several years with LeeSaar the Company under the direction Lee Sher and Saar Harari.  While living in New York, she also worked as a freelance dancer with Jessica Myers, Shannon Gillen, and Gallim Dance.  Motrya was a seamstress for designer Naomi Luppescu in New York City, where she helped construct costumes for several renowned dance companies.  Since April 2017, she has been living in Montréal, touring internationally as an interpreter with Compagnie Marie Chouinard.  In her own work, Motrya uses improvisation as research to build dances that move through textures and feelings.  

Audréanne Filion is a musician from Montréal.  She has spent many years building a foundation in cello and classical music. She earned her undergraduate degree at the Montreal music Conservatory in 2018, under the supervision of Elizabeth Dolin.  In her courses, she has also played for many renowned cellists such as Colin Carr, Steven Isserlis and Alisa Weilerstein.  Audréanne performs in many formations, from orchestra to solo, and with her string quartet Axxa.  The artist also has a strong interest for contemporary music and improvisation and has learned a lot under the conductor Véronique Lacroix.  She has participated in several summer festivals and workshops such as the Contemporary music Workshop at Orford Music Center and the Masterclasses Program at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity.  Audréanne is also interested in electronic music and has started a bachelor in electroacoustic composition with Louis Dufort, as well as continuing her cello training  with her teacher Elizabeth Dolin for an artist diploma.  The artist has also performed and designed the music for the dancers of the National Ballet school and she has also worked and performed with circus artist and dancer Brin Schoellkopf. Audréanne has also played in many bands of the Montréal pop scene, including Lola Six and Crushhh.

Nia & Ness are a black, lesbian, dancer-poet performance art duo based in Brooklyn, NY. The duo met and became a couple in 2013, and founded their company in 2016. They have performed at multiple venues nationwide, sharing their work that aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of their individual identities. They have been keynote speakers at Brown University, and performed their work at schools such as the University of California Riverside, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard College and more. The duo has been highlighted in local newspapers; worked with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project Summer Institute; and been featured in a 2017 BRIC TV segment, a documentary for The Advocate, and on Radio Free Brooklyn. They've also performed at Brooklyn Pride 2017 and Harlem Pride 2018; were recipients of the BAX Summer 2017 Space Grant; inaugural nominees for the Virginia Giordano Memorial Fund and were the winners of the 2017 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist Contest. Currently, Nia & Ness are on tour! To follow them on their journey, check them out on social media @niaandness.  

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