performers Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company

Los Angeles Times, Mike Bohem, July 22, 2014

White House coverage of National Medal of Arts and Humanities Awards

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Los Angeles Times, Mike Bohem, July 22, 2014

Coverage of National Medal of Arts and Humanities Awards

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The Journal News, Peter D. Kramer, July 29, 2014

Interview with Bill T. Jones after National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award

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Tapei Times, Diane Baker, April 12, 2014

Preview of Story/Time performed in Tapei, Taiwain

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The Boston Globe, Jeffrey Gantz, February 23, 2014

Review of Story/Time performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

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Santa Barbara Independent, Elizabeth Schwyzer, October 18, 2013

Review of Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara

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San Francisco Chronicle, Allan Ulrich, October 13, 2013

Review of A Rite performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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New York Times, Siobhan Burke, October 4, 2013
Review of A Rite at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

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The Dance Enthusiast, Christine Jowers, September 27, 2013 Video and article previewing A Rite at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Arts Journal, Deborah Jowitt, July 10, 2013
Review of A Rite at Bard College

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Dance Magazine, Robert Johnson, July 6, 2013

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Review of Program B at The Joyce Theater

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Review of performances from The Joyce Theater

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Review of performances from The Joyce Theater

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Profile article on Bill T. Jones

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In his long career, Bill T. Jones has gone from experimental downtown artist to two-time Tony winner. Bridging such different worlds makes for an uncomfortable perch, from which he must contend with purists who question his authenticity and Broadway operators who ignore his past 30 years in the arts.

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In his long career, Bill T. Jones has gone from experimental downtown artist to two-time Tony winner. Bridging such different worlds makes for an uncomfortable perch, from which he must contend with purists who question his authenticity and Broadway operators who ignore his past 30 years in the arts.

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BECKET — The vibrant, very much living members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company are surrounded by ghosts in "Story/Time." In a general way, this is not so unusual; contemporary dance often bears a proud aura of its ancestral shadows. But Jones, the creator of "Story/Time," has long performed with his own, particular ghosts — Zane, Jones's lover and co-director, who died in 1988; his parents, Estelle and Gus; the dancer Demian Acquavella — who are at times faintly discernible in his work, at other times front and center.

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When it premiered in Paris in 1913, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," with choreography by Vaslav Nijinksy, was greeted with the vocal equivalent of rotten tomatoes.

"The people were so upset by the music and the choreography that they started screaming and shouting insults, and a riot ensued," said Anne Bogart, artistic director of SITI Company, a theater ensemble based in New York City. "Not six months later, the music was being recognized as one of the greatest pieces of modern music ever."

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Before launching into his radically engaging new work "Story/Time" at the Walker Art Center choreographer Bill T. Jones leads the audience in a "conceptual warm-up" exercise. He asks us to raise a hand when we think a minute has passed. Most everyone is early by several seconds. It's the first of many instances during the evening when we are reminded that time is not a fixed concept. It shifts and bends according to circumstances -- many beyond our control.

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It's tempting to say that Bill. T. Jones has followed the classic trajectory from artistic outsider to consummate insider. Mr. Jones, a choreographer, writer and theater director whose reputation was built on provocative work that marries high-art aesthetics with social concerns, has journeyed from the stages of downtown dance to two Tony awards for choreography and a Kennedy Center Honor. But Mr. Jones, in a recent interview, insisted that he is still a "stranger in a strange land," making an "audacious" shuttle between avant-garde and commercial audiences.

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Is he a showman or provocateur? Is he creating a performance of alienation or entertainment? What's that giant digital clock doing on stage?

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Bill T. Jones won his second Tony Award for choreographing "Fela!," a musical about the late Nigerian Afrobeat singer, composer and political activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Jones, 59, also cowrote the book and directed the high-energy show about the government's crackdown on his commune. "Fela!" comes to the Ahmanson Theatre on Tuesday and runs through Jan. 22, 2012.

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As cold weather descends on most of the country, we're asking for winter songs — songs that evoke the season, and the memories that come with them. So far in our series, we've heard some lighthearted or slightly wistful tunes, but this next song goes to a far icier place. It's the choice of the celebrated dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

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Bill T. Jones has stormed Broadway in recent years with his Tony Award winning choreography in Spring Awakening and Fela! Yet Jones is no newcomer to the dance world. He has been a leading dancer and choreographer since arriving in New York in the 1970s with partner and collaborator Arnie Zane.

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Bill T. Jones, the much-decorated director of Chelsea's newly minted New York Live Arts, first streaked across the city's dance firmament nearly 35 years ago. He has since won every award the country confers on its artists, including two Tonys.

His troupe, now the resident company at NYLA, this week shows five early works that position him and his late partner Arnie Zane (who died of AIDS in 1988) as significant figures in dance history.

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With choreographers who came up in the 1970s – the "dance decade" – now reaching a certain age, New York has been swimming in retrospectives. The anniversary events may be educational, but they have hardly revised my sense of earlier decades or even the choreographers' work – until now. The aptly, ambiguously titled Body Against Body – comprised mainly of duets that Bill T. Jones and his late lover Arnie Zane made even before they became a company in 1982 – is revelatory. It is also great fun.

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To launch a new era as the executive artistic director of New York Live Arts, the latest incarnation of Dance Theater Workshop, choreographer Bill T. Jones has reached into his past and unearthed works with the spring and resiliency of youth. The first of two programs dubbed "Body Against Body," which debuted on Friday, recalls the glory days of the 1970s and early 1980s when Jones and his partner, the late Arnie Zane, shared their relationship openly with the public.

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It's telling that it was 8 a.m. and Bill T. Jones was on his way to an appointment. There aren't many artists who see the light of day before noon. By then Jones is probably stirring the pot of three more projects.

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