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The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948-1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. Since then, the 10-member Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 30 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world. During 2012/13, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary with performances in Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands; a 24-city U.S. tour; a New York City season at the Joyce Theater with the Orion String Quartet; and the much-anticipated premiere of a new dance-theater work, A Rite. A Rite  is a collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart and their respective companies—Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company. The new work commemorates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by exploring the impact of this revolutionary piece of music. Throughout the 2012/13 season , the company will also continue to tour

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The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948-1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. Since then, the 10-member Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 30 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world.

During 2012/13, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary with performances in Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands; a 24-city U.S. tour; a New York City season at the Joyce Theater with the Orion String Quartet; and the much-anticipated premiere of a new dance-theater work, A Rite.

A Rite  is a collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart and their respective companies—Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company. The new work commemorates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by exploring the impact of this revolutionary piece of music.

Throughout the 2012/13 season , the company will also continue to tour Story/Time, a multidisciplinary evening featuring 70 one-minute stories narrated by Mr. Jones; Body Against Body, an evening that explores the groundbreaking early duets of Jones and Zane; and Play and Play: an evening of movement and music, a program performed entirely to live music, including Jones’ seminal work D-Man in the Waters.

The Company has received numerous awards, including New York Dance and Performance Awards ("Bessie") for Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage (2006), The Table Project (2001), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), musical scoring and costume design for Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land (1990) and for the groundbreaking Joyce Theater season (1986). The Company was nominated for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Best New Dance Production" for We Set Out Early... Visibility was Poor.

During the Company's 25th anniversary season in 2007, Ravinia Festival offered the Company its most significant commission to date: to create a work honoring the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The Company created three new productions in response: 100 Migrations (2008), a site-specific community performance project; Serenade/The Proposition (2008), examining the nature of history; and Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray (2009), which is the subject of a documentary entitled A Good Man, broadcast on PBS American Masters in 2011.

The Company has distinguished itself through extensive community outreach and educational programs, including partnerships with Bard College, where company members teach an innovative curriculum rooted in the Company's creative model and highly collaborative methods; and with Lincoln Center Institute, which uses Company works in its educator-training and in-school repertory programs.

In 2010, the Company announced a merger with Dance Theater Workshop that The New York Times said could "alter the contemporary dance landscape in New York." The new organization, called New York Live Arts, is a new model of artist-led, producing/presenting/touring arts organization unique in the United States that supports movement-based artists through new approaches to creation, presentation, touring, education, and community engagement. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.


 

 

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"No other Dancer-Choreographer working today allows past, present, and future to mingle so freely in his body."

Vanity Fair