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A Choreographed Return to Theaters
06/02/2021
The Brooklyn Rail
Dance is back in theaters. The productions are better than ever, but the real choreography is happening in the audience. As we navigate a safe return to indoor space, how do we hold on to the pleasures of attending a show? Dance venues are producing a new kind of choreography: COVID...

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Review: Bill T. Jones’s Fragments for a Fragmented Time
05/20/2021
The New York Times
It’s been a year like no other, filled with tragedy and confusion, resilience and hope. It may feel like now is the time to dance, but it’s still not the time to dance the pain away. In “Afterwardsness,” a new presentation by the...

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Park Avenue Armory Announces an In-Person Spring Season
03/09/2021
The New York Times
The slate of commissioned works for reduced capacity audiences involves the artists Bill T. Jones, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson. Live, in-person performances will return to Park Avenue Armory on March 24, the Armory announced on Tuesday. “Social Distance Hall,” a season of commissioned works for reduced capacity audiences, will open...

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What’s a Dance Theater Without an Audience?
02/09/2021
The New York Times
Bill T. Jones, the artistic director of New York Live Arts, thinks otherwise. “I wish we were more dependent on earned income, that we had more shows that made money,” he said. “Can you see a world where we heal from Covid and actually become viable players...

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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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