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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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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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Black Pride Events Save LGBTQ+ Lives. Now What?
06/15/2020
refinery29
Twenty-nine years ago in Washington, D.C., Ernest Hopkins, Theodore Kirkland, and Welmore Cook organized the “first Black PRIDE.” It was held on Memorial Day weekend in tribute to the Club House, a social club that, over its 15-year tenure, became a pillar of the Black LGBTQ+ community....

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Bill T. Jones Knows Life Will Change, and His Art Will Too
05/20/2020
The New York Times
It’s not a shock that the choreographer Bill T. Jones would be thinking about AIDS right about now. “‘This is my second plague,’” he said he told his company recently. “I know it’s kind of a coarse thing to say. They’re different, but they...

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SNFestival: RetroFuture | What’s on | Online 21-28.06.2020
05/19/2020
The National Herald
Dancing along as some of our favorite musical artists find their beat and run with it? Check. A mathematician as versed in football end runs as he is in running machine-learning algorithms? Check and check. Some of the greatest chess players in the world? Check and mate.

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