Body Against Body @ New York Live Arts
Pre-Show Talk Sep 21 at 6pm with Bill T. Jones and Marcia B. Siegel
Post-Show with Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, Carla Peterson and the Company Sep 23
Program A: Sep 16, 18, 21, 23, 25
Monkey Run Road (1979), Continuous Replay (1977/1991)*, Valley Cottage: A Study (1980)**
Program B: Sep 17, 20, 22, 24
Duet x 2 (1982), Continuous Replay (1977/1991)*, Blauvelt Mountain (1980)**
Body Against Body returns to Bill T. Jones's roots in the avant-garde with a program that revives and reconsiders the challenging, groundbreaking works that launched Jones and the late Arnie Zane, his partner and collaborator of 17 years. These works, two of which premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in the '80s, include some of the most significant examples of the postmodern aesthetic; pieces that redefined the duet form and changed the face of American dance. Both conceptually and physically rigorous, the works take on new life through the diverse dancers of Jones's company, providing a rare look at the origins of a widely acclaimed choreographer. The program includes the newly reconstructed duets Valley Cottage: A Study (1980) and Monkey Run Road (1979), pieces not seen in New York City since their premiere performances.
* Performed with surprise special guests
** Premiered at Dance Theater Workshop
Body Against Body is made possible with support from the Company's commissioning program, Partners in Creation, which includes the following donors: the Argosy Foundation, Abigail Congdon and Joe Azrack, Anne Delaney, Eleanor Friedman, Barbara and Eric Dobkin, Sandra and Gerald Eskin, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Ellen Poss, Jane Bovington Semel and Terry Semel and Carol H. Tolan. Body Against Body was commissioned by The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.The reconstruction of Body Against Body has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. The Company's performances at New York Live Arts are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.