With his artistry and creativity, Bill T. Jones has inspired a generation of dancers, choreographers and audiences. In 1982, he co-founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with his partner Arnie Zane. As the companys artistic director and choreographer, Jones has created more than 140 works, and in 2011, merged his company with New Yorks historical Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts. The companys 2015 piece Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is based on Jones mother-in-laws recollections of life under the Nazi occupation of France. Join us for this special evening, as he discusses his life and career.
Bill T. Jones is a 1994 MacArthur Fellow; he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2010 and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2013. He has won two Tony awards for Best Choreography, for the Broadway musicals Spring Awakening in 2007 and Fela! in 2010. Jones is the author of a memoir, Last Night on Earth, and Story/Time, a reflection on his 2012 piece inspired by the work of John Cage.
Bill T. has constantly pushed the envelope of what dance can be. In extraordinary pieces such as Blauvelt Mountain, Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land, Still/Here and Fela!, he has incorporated a unique spiritual sensibility into the movement and message of his work.