Past Repertory

 
 
A Rite
In this celebration of milestones, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company celebrate their combined 50 years of artistic achievements with the centennial of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. In A Rite, dancers and actors alike burst onto to the stage feet stomping, knees quivering – a complex and knowing homage to Nijinsky’s original “Sacrificial Maiden” choreographic motif – to the beat of drums and...

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A Quarreling Pair
“A richly textured and layered theatrical adventure” – The New York Times How do we human beings live together? How do we co-exist with others who may be close to us, yet so very different from ourselves? How do we live with those not only in our own household, but in our neighborhood, our city, our country and our ever-fracturing planet? In A Quarreling Pair, Bill T. Jones explores the dualities between any two people and...

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Another Evening: I Bow Down
“If we insist on telling the same stories again and again… we will become that.” — Bill T. Jones In Another Evening: I Bow Down, Bill T. Jones reveals how personal stories and historical events converge, in an examination of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of disaster. Known for taking risks on stage, Bill T. Jones continues to push the boundaries of modern dance through unconventional...

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As I Was Saying...
Celebrated as a masterful and magnetic soloist, Bill T. Jones, building on the success of his last solo work, The Breathing Show (1999), creates an eclectic new evening-length production: As I Was Saying… Comprised from three different works, it typifies Jones’ characteristic blend of wit and poignancy. The evening is built on modularity that allows Jones to recombine various dances such as: With the Good Lord: A response to “The...

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Blind Date
In the hands of choreographer Bill T. Jones, dance becomes an extraordinary tool for probing life’s big questions and journeying toward understanding. In this new evening-length work, Blind Date explores patriotism, honor, sacrifice, and service to a cause larger than oneself-values all but lost in our modern world. Jones’s technically stunning 10-member company performs in a sensory landscape of primary colors, video imagery, and musical influences from around the...

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Chapel/Chapter
Bill T. Jones sees Chapel/Chapter in its present form as the beginning of an investigation. As always, the work is proceeding from a set of questions. For Jones the lead question might be, “How can this event suggest the uneasy distance our mediatized era helps create between the passive observers which we are and the disturbing, sometimes incomprehensible ‘news items’ we encounter every day. At this stage of his...

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Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray
Continuing his tradition of thought-provoking work, Bill T. Jones commemorates the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial with a production exploring the life and legacy of this complex figure. Commissioned by Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, the dance-theater evening features the sophisticated movement of his diverse dancers accompanied by an original score for cello, guitar, piano and voice, performed live. The films of Janet Wong fill a striking, modern stage design while the conflicts...

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Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land
First performed at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York choreographed by Bill T. Jones music by Julius Hemphill text by R. Justice Allen, Ann T. Greene, Jones, Estella Jones, Heidi Latsky, and Soujourner Truth set/costumes by Huck Snyder lighting by Robert Wierzel Photo by Jeff Day

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Serenade/The Proposition
One of three works that grew from Bill T. Jones’ interest in Abraham Lincoln, Serenade/The Proposition is described as his first attempt to grapple with issues of historical weight using the tools of dance and theater. What results is a spirited and lyrical sixty-minute production that moves gracefully from images and texts of early America to contemporary ideas of identity and belonging described in the dancers’ own words. What does...

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Still/Here
Still/Here explores and contemplates survival, life and art through dance and music. Still/Here is a two-act, evening-length dance-theater piece (premiered 1994) with a visual score made from edited interviews with people who were or are facing life-threatening illnesses. Choreographed by Bill T. Jones First performed at the Biennale Internationale de la Danse in Lyon, France Music by Kenneth Frazelle (traditionals by Odetta, the Lark String Quartet and Bill Finizio) and...

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