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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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New Arts Community Launches in Ossining
05/10/2018
Ossining Patch
Bethany Arts Community is a new space and environment based at 40 Somerstown Road whose founders hope the many forms of art can be learned, produced and flourish. BAC is pleased to announce a four week residency, this May, with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, a world-class dance-theater...

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Six Artists Revisit Their Work From the Early '80s
04/26/2018
The New York Times Style Magazine
How strong is the temptation to tinker with a published piece? T asked artists including Bill T. Jones, Laurie Anderson and Ntozake Shange to reconsider their celebrated 1980s works.

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Choreographer Bill T. Jones’ Literary Inspiration and Continuous Innovation
01/31/2018
CityArts
“When we move away from the thematic, there’s something about the form of contemporary performance. It’s important to look at questions of what does time mean in Ambrose, in Lance and in Dora? What does history mean in Ambrose, in Lance and in Dora? How does sexuality work in Ambrose, Lance and Dora. What is the movement like? When Arnie Zane and...

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Bill T. Jones Combines Immersive Dance and Storytelling in Lance: Pretty
01/03/2018
Miami New Times
“I liked so much the feeling of embodying an oral history that I took the same technique when I was dealing with my nephew, Lance Theodore Briggs, who was very ill at that time,” [Bill] says. Lance was a performer in the ‘90s club scene who faced drug addiction, prostitution,...

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A Moving Meditation on Context
11/02/2017
The Brooklyn Rail
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s A Letter to My Nephew is a study in personal and historical layers. The BAM Harvey Theater, where the piece was performed as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival, is gilded and rich in adornment, yet weathered around the edges. Jones’s Letter is similar, simultaneously grand and...

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BILL T JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY - NEXT WAVE
10/16/2017
Solomons Says
‘Letter’ is another of Jones’s biographical distillations of fact and feeling, related to someone in his life — a gritty, impressionistic tone poem.

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Life in a Whirlwind
10/16/2017
Arts Journal
Movements and groupings echo one another as unsettlingly as the reverberations that Samuel Crawford’s sound design creates in the score that’s vividly performed by composer-keyboard player Nick Hallett and singer Matthew Gamble. And, in fact, Jones’s collage of repetition and fragmentation does evoke a life going in circles.

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