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The Universe in Verse: Bill T. Jones Performs Poet Ross Gay’s Ode to Our Highest Human Potentialities
09/20/2019
Brain Pickings
Legendary choreographer and New York Live Arts artistic director Bill T. Jones, subject of the inspiring forthcoming documentary Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, stole the show with his electrifying performance of Gay’s poem at the third annual Universe in Verse — please enjoy:

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Dancing Across Disciplines with Vinson Fraley Jr.
08/21/2019
Interview Magazine
If, as Martha Graham once said, dancers are the messengers of the gods, then Vinson Fraley Jr. is, quite literally, divine. The 24-year-old native of Atlanta studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and then under the tutelage of dance-world icons at the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. He has collaborated on projects with...

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Archive
08/20/2019
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced today that it has acquired the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Archive, a comprehensive collection spanning the entirety of the company’s existence. Beginning today, the paper-based materials in the collection — including photographs, correspondence, production notes, company records,...

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Toni Morrison Dancing: Photos of the Author at Work and Play
08/06/2019
The New York Times
There’s an image that will stay with me forever: Toni Morrison, Bill T. Jones and Max Roach were all onstage together. Toni Morrison read her beautiful text, Max Roach was at the drums and Bill T. Jones was dancing. And at the end of the evening, Jones took Morrison in his...

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New York Live Arts Lineup Puts the Focus on Community
07/19/2019
The New York Times
For Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong, the artistic leaders at New York Live Arts, community is a pressing political concern. The lineup they chose for the organization’s coming season is meant to reflect that urgency and highlight the role that art can play in examining societal problems.

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Bill T. Jones: We Must Work Harder to Connect Stonewall to the World’s Other Liberation Struggles
06/21/2019
The Daily Beast
Bill T. Jones is a choreographer, director, author, dancer, co-founder of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and artistic director and co-founder of New York Live Arts. When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of them? I’m not quite sure. At the time...

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Week two of Spoleto makes sense of who – and where – we are
06/06/2019
Charleston City Paper
And, finally, the inimitable choreographer Bill T. Jones covered artistic ground in three works for his Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Propelled by narrative, two of them drawn from deeply personal connections, each of the three works is punctuated time and again by arriving and departing, settlement and dislocation, sometimes...

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Review: With ‘Lance,’ Bill T. Jones tells story of struggle and acceptance
05/30/2019
The Post and Courier
The second evening of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s performance of the “Analogy Trilogy” examined the challenging journey of Jones’ nephew through drug addiction, prostitution, jail and illness during the 1980s and ‘90s. “Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist” used text, music and set design, showcasing the great talent of...

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Bill T. Jones tells innovative, complex stories in new trilogy of works
05/27/2019
The Post and Courier
This year marks the sixth appearance of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at Spoleto Festival USA. Much has changed for the company since its first Charleston performance. One thing that hasn’t is the constant innovation of Bill T. Jones’ work. Since co-founding the company in 1982 with his late partner...

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Bill T. Jones doesn’t just “participate in the big conversations,” he changes them
05/25/2019
Queerty
What he’s accomplished: In 1982, Jones and his partner of over a decade Arnie Zane formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. To date, the troupe has created over 100 works, performed in over 200 cities in over 40 countries. Throughout his career, Jones has combined art with activism. In 1989,...

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