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Look Back at Fela! on Broadway With Sahr Ngaujah, Lillias White, and More
11/23/2020
Playbill
The musical, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and more, opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The original Broadway production of Fela! opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The musical, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, played 34 previews and 463...

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Bessies to Forgo Individual Awards This Year
11/19/2020
The New York Times
The organizers decided to recognize equally all the nominees for work they presented before the performing arts shut down in March. The New York Dance and Performance Awards, better known as the Bessies, will not bestow individual prizes this year. Instead each of the nominees announced on Thursday will receive $500...

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The 2020 Bessie Nominations
11/19/2020
The Bessies
The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, today announced the nominees for the 2019–20 season. This year, all of the nominees will be honored. Each nomination will be recognized with a $500 honorarium, courtesy of a...

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Managing the Mid-Career: What Happens After "Emerging"
11/17/2020
Dance Magazine
For choreographers, leaving the “emerging” status comes with its own set of ups and downs. Luck, location and access to gatekeepers all factor into how the doors of opportunity open to arrive in that elusive middle place known as “mid-career.” Whether one works a decade to get there...

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Bill T. Jones: STAND UP STRONGER
10/28/2020
APAP - Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Over the years, I’ve learned that a conversation with the dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones can go just about anywhere. I called him this month to talk about the state of the performing arts field, and he was game for that. As always, the conversation took many turns, from...

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Running Live Dance Drills at the Armory
10/22/2020
The New York Times
Bill T. Jones and David Byrne are preparing to make use of the Armory’s vast space now. One hitch: Theaters still can’t open in New York State. A few days ago, I attended the premiere of an hourlong dance performance. In New York City. Indoors. With more than 100 other people. Let...

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Black futures in the age of apocalypse
10/22/2020
Mail & Guardian: Africa's Best Read
The global pandemic, as an apocalyptic event itself or as a catalyst towards the apocalypse — one whose climate, economic and social outcomes disproportionately affect Black and Brown people — has accelerated and deepened our considerations of world endings. We find ourselves...

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Broadway Will Be a While. These Venues Say They’re Ready Now.
10/12/2020
The New York Times
Directors of large flexible spaces like the Park Avenue Armory are lobbying for permission to put on indoor shows for socially distanced audiences. The Park Avenue Armory’s vast drill hall has nearly 40,000 square feet of unobstructed open area. The Shed’s...

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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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