Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Rehearsing Ravel

We asked Bill and the Company if we could sit in their rehearsal for Ravel a few weeks ago, and here’s what we captured. The mood in the room was focused with a lot to learn.  There were light moments, like when the dancers rehearsed a particular movement and yelled out its nickname, “Chinese toy! Chinese toy!” (not captured on video) as well as physically demanding scenarios such as Jen learning the turning leap. 

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Rehearse Ravel from New York Live Arts on Vimeo.

The company is currently in residence with SITI Company at Skidmore College to work on their upcoming collaboration on the Rite of Spring.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary

2012-2013 Season Highlights include:

World Premiere of A Meditation on The Rite of Spring (working title) in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company at Carolina Performing Arts

Two-week season at The Joyce Theater featuring D-Man in the Waters
and other repertory with the Orion String Quartet

Tour to 24 cities in the United States and Europe


Letters from Rehearsal: A Meditation on a Rite of Spring (working title) Day 7

Dear Diary,

And so we close this first chapter of the making of a new work, of finding new inspiration, and new friends. Now, at 6:15 a.m. in my car to the airport, as the sky goes pink with the coming sun, I feel a little pit in my stomach like I just left a lover still sleeping in the hotel. This has been such a week. As much as I want to stay present with work and colleagues, I can’t help but dream a little already of the future of this collaboration. (more…)

Letters from Rehearsal: A Meditation on a Rite of Spring (working title) Day 6


Jenn writing…

I woke up this morning feeling busy.  Not that I accomplished much… Boiling sweet potatoes and beets, checking in with my daughter Mieke, wondering if I should go to the gym, I didn’t…

It was a relief to get into the van.. Ahhh relaxation. Laughter, discussing stories of David Bowie, Baryshnikov, birthdays, and high kicks, my favorite memory of requesting  Shayla do 42 high kicks on my last birthday:) (more…)

Letters from Rehearsal: A Meditation on a Rite of Spring (working title) Day 5

Hello Everyone, Shayla-Vie here from the BTJ/AZ Co.

We had a festive day off yesterday!  The residency completes on the fourth, so we had an early Cinco de Mayo celebration.  We cooked out on the hotel grill, thank you Grill Master Antonio.  Kyle supplied the margaritas, and everyone contributed a dish to share.  It was a true feast!  We ended the celebration with an intense and super fun game invented by Talli.  The player has to descend to the ground on one leg, retrieve the object (bag of tortilla chips, dasani water bottle, styrofoam cup) with their mouth, and ascend with it still standing on one leg.  Seemingly simple, yet crazy difficult.  My calves are still sore!   Anyways, thank you everyone!

…..On with the journal entry (more…)

Letters from Rehearsal: A Meditation on a Rite of Spring (working title) Day 4

Hi Everybody!

This is Jenna Riegel (one of the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Co. performers). Nice to meet you all who are reading in from afar… I guess I am officially the first from BTJAZ to log a daily diary so here goes… (more…)

Letters from Rehearsal: A Meditation on a Rite of Spring (working title) Day 3

[From Leon Ingulsrud]

Really hard to believe it is only day three on this project. I know I’m echoing Akiko, but it seems like we have been working on this much longer already. This seems to be a function of two things.

The first is the ease these two companies have found with each other. The chops on these dancers are scary beautiful, but they are SO completely open and human in the room. So far, it augers well for the long road we have ahead together.

The second is this amazing music we’re confronted with. I don’t think I was the only one who came away from Cafe Variations with Rachel’s amazing Gershwin arrangements running CONSTANTLY in my head. I reached a point yesterday where I was very aware that it was GONE! Completely GONE! Every bit of me is now trying to deal with the mind-pretzel that is Rite Of Spring. And if I close my eyes now and let my mind wander… I hear the Auger Chords!!!


Letters from Rehearsal: A Meditation on a Rite of Spring (working title) Day 2

Dear all,

I cannot believe that yesterday was only the day 2.

I feel like we, A Meditation on the Rite of Spring team has been working together longer than that.

Friday, April, 27, 2012
It was very nice weather. Our day was full and intense.

10:30am  21 people left to the venue at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  10 minute bus ride.

11:00am  We began the reh with 90 minute of BTJ technique class.  Bill T.’s associate artistic director, Janet Wong lead it.  From on the floor, to standing, jumping, spinning…  graceful movements like water.  I occasionally got disoriented & frustrated, but, oh, it was still such a joy.  Watching Bill T. people dancing was inspiring.  Beautiful & strong…  Janet said at one point of movements “feel good about it” smiling.  Thank you, Janet!  Looking forward to leaning more. (more…)

Letters from Rehearsal: A Meditation on a Rite of Spring (working title) Day 1

This is the first in a series of diaries from members of SITI Company and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as they dig into their new Rite of Spring collaboration. They are currently in residency at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.


Hi all,

Barney here writing from Chapel Hill where it’s sunny, warm and a little humid. We are all ensconced in the Marriott Residence Inn, in glorified hotel rooms meant to feel like an apartment with all the amenities, but it works…strangely. And I know pretty much all of us have been in these kinds of places more than once, a kind of home away from home but not really. However, they do have the Food Network and HGTV on the Telly so I am SET!

Those of us who just closed Cafe Variations in Boston I think were teased by a couple of nights back home in our apartments and our lives in NYC, only to pack again and hit the airport. A routine all of us know pretty well. It was particularly hard for me as my partner and I just adopted and dog and we were just starting to bond and then I have to leave again. But that’s ok because I’m here and have met amazing people and artists who, after only one day, totally inspire me and make me laugh and are awesome.

The Bill T. Jones folks are the BOMB! I think we are going to have crazy fun. Who knows what we will make but for me the interaction with these people and this company is ultimately more interesting.

Bill’s Second Toni Morrison Lecture, Story/Time, tonight at 8pm!

Bill will be giving his second of three Toni Morrison lectures tonight. This evening he’ll be sharing some of the stories he tells in his newest work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Story/Time.

If you’re heading out to Princeton, here are a few places to look for food and drink (and some fun facts from our Princeton-native Marketing Director).

Places to eat all walking distance from university:
Triumph Brewing Company:
Teresa’s Café:

Weird yet extremely useful:
The Dinky:

Random facts:
– Jimmy Stewart, Ralph Nader, Christopher Reeve and John Lithgow all grew up in Princeton.
– The television show House, M.D. is filmed on location at Princeton University.
– In November 1869, the first American intercollegiate football game was played between Princeton University and Rutgers.
– Princeton was the setting of the 1994 movie I.Q. staring Meg Ryan and Walter Matthau.
– In 1915 Princeton High School welcomed students of all races even though segregation was still the norm in the area.
– Princeton University has existed in the community since 1756.
– Every member of the band Blues Traveler and Chris Baron, lead singer of the Spin Doctors, all attended Princeton High School.
– Present day Princeton Battlefield Park is the preserved site of the 1777 Battle of Princeton, a victory for the United States over the British.
– Former president Grover Cleveland bought a house in Princeton during his second term in office.  He remained in the community until his death and his body is now buried in the Princeton Cemetery.
– Former presidents Woodrow Wilson and James Madison were both alumni of Princeton University.
– The Academy Award winning film, A Beautiful Mind, was filmed in Princeton.
– Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth Cleveland, whom the Baby Ruth candy bar is named after; is buried in Princeton Cemetery.
–  Albert Einstein came to Princeton in 1933 and remained there until he passed away in 1955.

Watch the live stream of the lecture here at 8pm sharp.