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BILL T JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY - NEXT WAVE
10/16/2017
Solomons Says
‘Letter’ is another of Jones’s biographical distillations of fact and feeling, related to someone in his life — a gritty, impressionistic tone poem.

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Life in a Whirlwind
10/16/2017
Arts Journal
Movements and groupings echo one another as unsettlingly as the reverberations that Samuel Crawford’s sound design creates in the score that’s vividly performed by composer-keyboard player Nick Hallett and singer Matthew Gamble. And, in fact, Jones’s collage of repetition and fragmentation does evoke a life going in circles.

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"To our next...." A letter from Bill T. Jones and company
10/16/2017
Infinite Body
Jones reaches beyond this single relationship [with his nephew]–described elsewhere as “complicated”–to embrace the culture and resistance of today’s youth as they confront our violent, racist, homophobic society…and themselves.

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Bill T. Jones’ trilogy ends ADF season on a rare note
07/30/2017
The News & Observer | NewsObserver.com
Once again, Bill T. Jones and his “crew” of collaborators create a compelling, multimedia production – the third and last part of his “Analogy Trilogy: Ambros: The Emigrant.” The world premiere, before a large and attentive Durham Performing Arts Center audience on Saturday, marked the last performance in the American...

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The Elegant Legacy of Bill T. Jones
05/04/2017
The Advocate
There are few men as accomplished as choreographer, dancer, and artistic director Bill T. Jones, who cofounded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with his late partner in 1982. A double Tony winner (choreography for Fela! and Spring Awakening), Jones garnered a MacArthur Genius Award and, in 2014, a National Medal of Arts. He’s...

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Review: Okwui Okpokwasili Gives Voice to the Ignored and Oppressed
04/25/2017
The New York Times
Okwui Okpokwasili’s “Poor People’s TV Room” is as dense and delicate as a centuries-old tapestry. It can be oblique, but it’s also alive as it drifts through myriad subjects to conjure a surreal, imaginary place where, you get the distinct feeling, women have long been oppressed and ignored, or worse:...

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An Artist Who Blurs Bodies and Genres in Protest
04/14/2017
The New York Times
When Okwui Okpokwasili talks about her work, she treats each question like a knot to be unraveled, physically as much as verbally. Emphatic gestures punctuate her sentences, or complete them, as if movement might summon the answer.

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Divining the Shadows Okwui Okpokwasili’s Poor People’s TV Room
04/01/2017
The Brooklyn Rail
As of this writing, the writer, performer, and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili is entering the final phase of Poor People’s TV Room, the multidisciplinary (and multisensory) performance she is creating in closely-knit partnership with her collaborator Peter Born. Three years in the making, this month’s premiere also represents the culmination of...

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A Dance Troupe Adds Fresh Faces. The Youngest Is 66.
03/28/2017
New York Times
“Keep the arms heavy, feel the weight of the step,” the choreographer Larissa Velez-Jackson called to her performers, a group of women ages 66 to 87, as they practiced walking like runway models in a studio at New York Live Arts. Every few steps, they paused as if posing for...

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Justin Vivian Bond's LIVE IDEAS Series 'Mx'd Messages' Reimagines a World Without Binaries
03/14/2017
OUT Magazine
Running this week is New York Live Arts’ 2017 LIVE IDEAS festival, which features a series called “Mx’d Messages,” curated by queer icon and trans-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond. The event includes panels, workshops, keynotes, installations and performances from global LGBTQ artists including Hari Nef, Macy Rodman, Kate Bornstein...

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