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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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"To our next...." A letter from Bill T. Jones and company
10/16/2017
Infinite Body
Jones reaches beyond this single relationship [with his nephew]–described elsewhere as “complicated”–to embrace the culture and resistance of today’s youth as they confront our violent, racist, homophobic society…and themselves.

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"Still/Here" Turns AIDS Into Art
09/13/2017
Out Magazine
In the early 1980s, Bill T. Jones emerged as an exciting young choreographer who deftly bridged modern and post-modernist dance by mixing elegant physicality with unfussy aesthetics and pedestrian movement. As he was a black man dancing with his white, Jewish partner Arnie Zane, politics of race and sexuality were an...

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"Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant" at ADF
08/02/2017
INDY Week
If the American Dance Festival performance of Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant didn’t fully illustrate director Bill T. Jones’s hunger for such an artistic fusion in the service of text and storytelling, the postshow talkback left no doubt.

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Bill T. Jones’ trilogy ends ADF season on a rare note
07/30/2017
The News & Observer | NewsObserver.com
Once again, Bill T. Jones and his “crew” of collaborators create a compelling, multimedia production – the third and last part of his “Analogy Trilogy: Ambros: The Emigrant.” The world premiere, before a large and attentive Durham Performing Arts Center audience on Saturday, marked the last performance in the American...

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The Elegant Legacy of Bill T. Jones
05/04/2017
The Advocate
There are few men as accomplished as choreographer, dancer, and artistic director Bill T. Jones, who cofounded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with his late partner in 1982. A double Tony winner (choreography for Fela! and Spring Awakening), Jones garnered a MacArthur Genius Award and, in 2014, a National Medal of Arts. He’s...

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Bill T. Jones Etches a Nightmare Landscape
11/02/2016
Village Voice
Since the beginning of his distinguished career, Bill T. Jones has combined talking and moving, riding the seam between theater and dance, welding it with the sheer force of his beauty and brains, his compelling voice and blunt personality. Now well into his sixties, he leaves the stage to his...

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