BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY

IN RESIDENCY OCTOBER 18-25

Dancers' Workshop presents the world-renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company to Jackson Hole for a fifth extended residency. This visit brings our community members of Jackson Hole into the performance fold - inviting at least 50 people to participate in the creative process and performance of a new work by the iconic choreographer Bill T. Jones.

FREE COMMUNITY TALK

You're invited to a community talk with the world-renowned dancer, iconic choreographer and social justice leader Bill T. Jones. 

This Thursday, October 18
6:30-7:30pm
Dancers' Workshop Studio 1
Free, not ticketed

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE PROJECT

NON-DANCERS AND DANCERS NEEDED!

Participation is on a first come, first served basis and requires a 6-rehearsal commitment. Participants 16+ are encouraged to get involved! No dance experience required, but participants ideally have a background in movement - from martial arts, sports and gymnastics to gardening, walking and horseback riding. Participants share in generating material and structures through guided improvisations and task-based instructions, which will become the movement vocabulary for the community section of the overall work. 

Jones' large-scale work is divided into three sections: the first section focuses on one person, Bill himself; in the second section, the lone person is joined by the company of ten performers, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; in the third section, the Company is joined by the community. 

ABOUT THE WORK

Bill T. Jones' new work examines the condition of loneliness in the individual experienced alone and within a community. It explores the need for community and the notion of collective redemption. Jones feels that the formal groupings and the way the work goes from one to ten to one hundred is a meditation on the nature of community building in a confusing era. The work will explore the manipulation of text; spoken word and singing as part of an ever-present sound score.

Pip saw God’s foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad. So man’s insanity is heaven’s sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God. -- Herman Melville, Moby Dick

PARTICIPANT SCHEDULE 

Friday, 10/19: 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday, 10/20: 10:00am-1:00pm 
Monday, 10/22: 5:30-7:30pm
Tuesday, 10/23: 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, 10/24: 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, 10/25: 5:30-7:30pm

subject to slight adjustments

PUBLIC SHOWING

Thursday, October 25
6:30-7:30pm
Free, not ticketed
Location TBD

CONTACT DW TO PARTICIPATE!

307-733-6398 • info@dwjh.org
All we need is your full name, best contact number and email address.

ABOUT BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY

Over the past 35 years the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company has shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation and performance of over 140 works. Founded as a multicultural dance company in 1982, the company was born of an 11-year artistic collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. Today, the company is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world. The company has performed its ever-enlarging repertoire worldwide in over 200 cities in 30 countries on every major continent. In 2011, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company merged with Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts of which Bill T. Jones is the Artistic Director and Janet Wong is the Associate Artistic Director.

The repertory of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically driven works as well as works using a variety of texts. Some of its most celebrated creations are evening length works including Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990, Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music); Still/Here (1994, Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France); We Set Out Early… Visibility Was Poor (1996, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA); You Walk? (2000, European Capital of Culture 2000, Bolgna, Italy); Blind Date (2006, Peak Performances at Montclair State University); Chapel/Chapter (2006, Harlem Stage Gatehouse); Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray (2009, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL); Another Evening: Venice/Arsenale (2010, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy); Story/Time (2012, Peak Performances); and A Rite (2013, Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). The Company is also currently touring Body Against Body an intimate and focused collection of duet works drawn from the Company’s 34-year history.  

ABOUT BILL T. JONES

Bill T. Jones is the Artistic Director, Co-Founder and Choreographer of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and the Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. Jones is the recipient of the 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; the 2013 National Medal of Arts; the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography of the critically acclaimed FELA!; a 2007 Tony Award, 2007 Obie Award, and 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation CALLAWAY Award for his choreography for Spring Awakening; the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award; the 2007 USA Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship; the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography forThe Seven; the 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; the 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; and the 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 2010, Mr. Jones was recognized as Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.”  

Mr. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide with his late partner, Arnie Zane, before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982. He has created more than 140 works for his company. Mr. Jones is the Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, an organization that strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating. For more information visit www.newyorklivearts.org.

PROJECT SUPPORT

Project support to Dancers' Workshop provided by Carol Tolan and an anonymous donor

New York Live Arts (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company) is seeking co-commissioning partners to invest in the creation and genesis of this unique work, for exclusive presentation in their own space.

PHOTO CREDIT

Top: Jeffrey Kaphan
Middle: Sydney Bryan