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03/21/2012
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Announces 2012 Summer Season

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Announces 2012 Summer Season

Story/Time National Tour continues to Jacob’s Pillow and Wolf Trap

D-Man in the Waters, Spent Days Out Yonder, and Continuous Replay
at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

New York, NY, March 21, 2012 – Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, one of the most innovative forces in the dance-theater world, led by two-time Tony Award winner and Kennedy Center Honors recipient Bill T. Jones, announces its 2012 summer tour dates. The Company’s newest production, Story/Time (2012), will be presented by one of the country’s foremost venues for summer dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA on July 25-29, and will mark the Company’s debut at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA on July 31. The Company returns to another summer home of the arts with a repertory program of musically focused works presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 7.

Story/Time is inspired by legendary artist and composer John Cage’s Indeterminacy (1958), a work in which Cage sat alone on stage reading an unbroken stream of one-minute stories to a small audience. In Story/Time, Bill T. Jones reads his own one-minute stories amidst a spellbinding landscape of dance and original music composed and mixed live by collaborator Ted Coffey. Mentored by Cage’s modernist approach and governed by chance procedures, this “wondrously original” (Dance Magazine) and “radically engaging” (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune) work is an ever-changing score that yields a unique performance each night. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “…a dance theater rollercoaster with surprises around every corner.” The Company was last seen at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with Serenade/The Proposition in 2010.

The June 7 program at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will include Bill T. Jones’s joyful tour de force, D-Man in the Waters, as well as Spent Days Out Yonder. Both works will feature live accompaniment by a local string octet. Set to Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major for Strings, Op. 20, D-Man in the Waters (1989, revised 1998) has been reconstructed in full for the first time since 1999. The New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award-winning classic is a celebration of life and the resiliency of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope and triumph. The New York Times stated, “Rarely has one seen a dance company throw itself onto the stage with such kinetic exaltation.” Spent Days Out Yonder (2001) is a pure musical exploration, rare in the Bill T. Jones canon, a meditation on the second movement of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 23 in F Major. The choreography is firmly rooted in Mr. Jones’s elegant, weighted movement vocabulary, paired with a sublime score. Continuous Replay (choreographed by Arnie Zane 1977, revised by Bill T. Jones 1991) completes the program, offering “a thorough primer in Jones/Zane style” (The New York Times). Last presented at SPAC in 2010, the Company’s performance takes place during a three-week creative residency and summer intensive workshop for professional and pre-professional dancers hosted by Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Summer Schedule At-A-Glance

Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College: June 3-23
Creative Residency and Summer Intensive Workshop for Professional/Pre-professional Dancers
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Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center: June 7
Performance: D-Man in the Waters, Spent Days Out Yonder, and Continuous Replay
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Becket, MA
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival: July 25 – July 29
Performance: Story/Time
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Vienna, VA
Wolf Trap: July 31
Performance: Story/Time
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About Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Bill T. Jones, a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, has received major honors ranging from a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award to Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009 and named “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure” by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. His ventures into Broadway theater resulted in a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed FELA!, the musical co-conceived, co-written, directed and choreographed by Mr. Jones. He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening as well as an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of The Seven earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award. In 2011, Mr. Jones was named Executive Artistic Director of New York Lives Arts.

Now in its 29th year, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. Today, the 9-member Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world. In 2011, the Company merged withDance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts.

About New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating. In addition to our deep commitment to individual artists at all stages of their careers, we strive to create rich, meaningful experiences for our audiences by engaging them in ways that are intimate and thought-provoking. With our audience, we seek to become a place for dance that is vital to the fabric of social and cultural life in New York, the United States and beyond.

Formed in February 2011 by a merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts is a re-imagining of thelegacies of these two extraordinary organizations. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street in New York City and is led by Bill T.Jones as Executive Artistic Director, Carla Peterson as Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson as Executive Director and CEO. www.newyorklivearts.org

Funding Support
Lead support for New York Live Arts is provided, in part, by The Ford Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and EmcArts Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Booth Ferris Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, SeaChange CapitalPartners, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and The Scherman Foundation.

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