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Dancing With Rice: A Meditative Pas de Deux at the Met
09/15/2020
The New York Times
When performers take turns sweeping a pile of rice across the floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it might look like just that: People, one by one, sweeping a pile of rice across a floor. But if you look more deeply, this task — a soulful, spiritual...

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Bill T. Jones: A true artist can be wild and dangerous
09/10/2020
RT: Question More
In a divided world, a unifying force is desperately needed. Is art powerful enough to play this role? We talked about this with star choreographer, National Medal of Arts and MacArthur Genius awards recipient Bill T. Jones.

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The new wave of modern movement according to Bill T. Jones, Kyle Abraham, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
08/13/2020
DOCUMENT
For Spring/Summer 2020, Document asked dance luminaries Bill T. Jones, Kyle Abraham, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener to nominate the most exciting new faces—and bodies—in the world of movement. Bill T. Jones is the MacArthur “Genius” Grant-winning co-founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the winner of...

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Meeting Moby Dick - Why the great white whale will never die
07/26/2020
Moyers & Company
Even if you haven’t read Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick, you are probably quite familiar with the concept of “the white whale” — an obsessive search for a goal that is not attainable and might ultimately lead to your demise. Choreographer and director Bill T. Jones’ most recent work, Deep Blue Sea, takes...

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Black Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly Uses Dance To Help Playwrights Tell Stories
07/15/2020
WBUR - Boston’s NPR News Station
Raja Feather Kelly doesn’t favor high kicks and fancy twirls. Instead, the young Black choreographer uses movement based on the personalities of his dancers and actors to help playwrights tell their stories. Alexandra Starr reports. This segment aired on July...

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Curating the End of the World: Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Art in Times of COVID-19
07/08/2020
Museum of Equality and Difference
Scrolling through the online exhibition Curating the End of the World – hosted by New York Live Arts and The Black Speculative Arts Movement[i], soundscapes and visual imageries blend into a submerging audio-visual digital sphere, slowly yet steadily drawing the viewer into a digital third space. [ii] Then,...

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A Letter on Justice and Open Debate
07/07/2020
Harper's Magazine
Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning...

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Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.
07/07/2020
New York Times
An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately. The killing of George Floyd has brought an intense moment of racial reckoning in the United States. As protests spread across the country, they have been...

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These 3 Former Comp Kids Are Now "Downtown" Standouts
07/04/2020
Dance Magazine
For most dancers growing up on the competition and convention scene, working professionally as a commercial dancer is a natural transition. Through the circuit, connections are made, relationships are fostered and representation is gained. But that’s far from the only path you can take. Former “comp kids” end up in...

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Virtual Pride 2020: A guide to concerts, dance parties, drag shows and more
06/26/2020
New York Post
Gay pride will spread by way of a virtual rainbow this weekend. With the coronavirus pandemic sidelining many in-person LGBTQ celebrations this year, NYC Pride will host a two-hour broadcast extravaganza, featuring “Pose” star Billy Porter, singer Janelle Monáe and more — in lieu of a parade...

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