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Berkeley Rep’s new musical ‘Paradise Square’ involving and overwhelming
01/14/2019
San Francisco Examiner
“Paradise Square,” the world-premiere musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is so emotionally involving, so beautifully designed, directed (by Moisés Kaufman) and performed, that to suggest it’s too much of a good thing feels like denial of the extent to which it’s effective on so many levels. But with dozens of performers...

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Ambitious ‘Paradise Square’ dances into life at Berkeley Rep
01/14/2019
Berkeleyside
Paradise Square, an innovative, ambitious and multilayered world premiere musical about the companionable life of Irish immigrants and free blacks in the Five Points slum of New York in 1863, opened on Jan. 10 at the Berkeley Rep to an audience more enthusiastic than was this reviewer. An abundance of talent...

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Bill T. Jones on Slumming, Stephen Foster, and Trump’s Second Term
12/14/2018

Bill T. Jones, Tony-winning choreographer of Spring Awakening and Fela! and artistic director of New York Live Arts and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, next lends his talents to Paradise Square, a new musical with a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan and the music of...

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Bjorn Amelan: Portrait of the Artist
11/09/2018
WyoFile
Bjorn Amelan, a sculptor, set designer, painter and artistic director took up his brush in Wyoming last month. The creative director of New York Live Arts, he visited Jackson Hole with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, which is based at Live Arts. Members of the Jones/Zane...

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Review: The power of memory shines through in Bill T. Jones’ remembrance of things past and present
11/05/2018
The Los Angeles Times
“The sun has an appointment with the moon.” That is how a Jewish Belgian teenager, Dora Amelan, described her world turned upside down by the invasion by Nazi Germany in 1940. It is also, in one way or another, the essence of displacement felt by emigrants, for whom memories of one...

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IMPRESSIONS: Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson in "another piece apart" at New York Live Arts
10/29/2018
The Dance Enthusiast
Onto a stage shrouded in silence and shadows, Jennifer Nugent walks slowly, as if listening to the space with her whole body. Paul Matteson enters, equally receptive, and together they embark on a journey of splintered togetherness and intricate partnership. Nugent and Matteson display a captivating connection, a soulful awareness of each other that...

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'A Letter to My Nephew' asks the audience to read Detroit between the lines
10/29/2018
Detroit Metro Times
Think of a postcard. A snapshot of a city meant to capture a tourist’s experience. The few sentences on the back, banal at best; “Wish you were here.” Bill T. Jones’ recent Michigan Opera Theatre presentation at the Detroit Opera House describes A Letter to My Nephew as a series of postcards,...

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another piece apart: two parts as a whole
10/11/2018
The Brooklyn Rail
Watching choreographers Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson discuss their creative process and personal rapport during one of New York Live Arts’ signature “Stay Late Conversations,” spoken language seems a limited vehicle to convey the intricacies of their decades-long artistic partnership. But, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then...

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Bill T. Jones Is Making Room in Dance for More Than Dance
09/18/2018
The New York Times
Pure dance no longer holds the allure it once did for Bill T. Jones. So what’s this award-winning choreographer to do? For one thing, he has removed the word “dance” from his company’s name. “We’re a contemporary performance ensemble,” he said on a recent afternoon. His ensemble,...

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Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’
06/27/2018
The New York Times
In its own way, this production is as primal and breathlessly seductive as the great director Peter Brook’s “La Tragédie de Carmen” (seen at Lincoln Center in 1983), which set Bizet’s opera in a bull ring. No voyeuristic detachment is allowed in this “Carmen Jones,” which has been electrically choreographed...

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