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Look Back at Fela! on Broadway With Sahr Ngaujah, Lillias White, and More
11/23/2020
Playbill
The musical, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and more, opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The original Broadway production of Fela! opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The musical, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, played 34 previews and 463...

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Bill T. Jones: STAND UP STRONGER
10/28/2020
APAP - Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Over the years, I’ve learned that a conversation with the dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones can go just about anywhere. I called him this month to talk about the state of the performing arts field, and he was game for that. As always, the conversation took many turns, from...

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Running Live Dance Drills at the Armory
10/22/2020
The New York Times
Bill T. Jones and David Byrne are preparing to make use of the Armory’s vast space now. One hitch: Theaters still can’t open in New York State. A few days ago, I attended the premiere of an hourlong dance performance. In New York City. Indoors. With more than 100 other people. Let...

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Broadway Will Be a While. These Venues Say They’re Ready Now.
10/12/2020
The New York Times
Directors of large flexible spaces like the Park Avenue Armory are lobbying for permission to put on indoor shows for socially distanced audiences. The Park Avenue Armory’s vast drill hall has nearly 40,000 square feet of unobstructed open area. The Shed’s...

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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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