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‘Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters’ Review: Still Making Waves
07/15/2021
The New York Times
A striking new documentary explores the enduring legacy of a dance piece created by Bill T. Jones at the height of the AIDS crisis. What happens to a work of art when time displaces it from its original context, and from the impetus that inspired it? That’s a question that can...

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Bill T. Jones Dancing Through Disease in Can You Bring It and Afterwardsness
06/10/2021

A new documentary and dance together offer seemingly contradictory but ultimately profound lessons in moving through personal and societal grief. Demian Acquavella was dying. In one of the most poignant moments of the new documentary Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, Jones recounts carrying company dancer...

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A Choreographed Return to Theaters
06/02/2021
The Brooklyn Rail
Dance is back in theaters. The productions are better than ever, but the real choreography is happening in the audience. As we navigate a safe return to indoor space, how do we hold on to the pleasures of attending a show? Dance venues are producing a new kind of choreography: COVID...

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Review: Bill T. Jones’s Fragments for a Fragmented Time
05/20/2021
The New York Times
It’s been a year like no other, filled with tragedy and confusion, resilience and hope. It may feel like now is the time to dance, but it’s still not the time to dance the pain away. In “Afterwardsness,” a new presentation by the...

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Three Views of ‘The Motherboard Suite,’ Indoors, Outdoors and Online
05/16/2021
The New York Times
Bill T. Jones brings a program of Saul Williams’s work to a New York Live Arts festival of ideas as audiences adjust to the city’s reopening. “Anybody out there know what Afrofuturism is?” Bill T. Jones asked in the middle of Times Square on Saturday night.

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New York Theaters Are Dark, but These Windows Light Up With Art
03/26/2021
The New York Times
The Irish Repertory Theater is streaming poetry readings, and Playwrights Horizons and St. Ann’s Warehouse are showcasing art dealing with race and injustice. The panes of glass, though, have provided a safe space. Late last year, for instance, the artists Christopher Williams, Holly Bass and Raja Feather Kelly performed at different...

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Park Avenue Armory Announces an In-Person Spring Season
03/09/2021
The New York Times
The slate of commissioned works for reduced capacity audiences involves the artists Bill T. Jones, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson. Live, in-person performances will return to Park Avenue Armory on March 24, the Armory announced on Tuesday. “Social Distance Hall,” a season of commissioned works for reduced capacity audiences, will open...

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Interdisciplinary Artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Talks Precarity and Presenting His "Curated Life" as Work
02/17/2021
Dance Magazine
Raw experience had already schooled Jaamil Olawale Kosoko in navigating the risks of being a Black, queer, experimental performance artist when the perfect storm of 2020 hit. Putting his curatorial skills to work, last spring and summer he transformed the New York, Berlin and Zurich premieres of Chameleon, an...

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What’s a Dance Theater Without an Audience?
02/09/2021
The New York Times
Bill T. Jones, the artistic director of New York Live Arts, thinks otherwise. “I wish we were more dependent on earned income, that we had more shows that made money,” he said. “Can you see a world where we heal from Covid and actually become viable players...

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Break Dancing Will Be An Olympic Sport In 2024
12/20/2020
NPR/wNYC
Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Raphael Xavier, professional breakdancer and professor of hip-hop dance at Princeton, about break dancing becoming an Olympic sport. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Forget ice skating. Breakdancing is the coolest new Olympic sport. The International Olympic Committee has officially announced it will add breakdancing to the Games under the name...

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