Salem hosting programs featuring legend Bill T. Jones
On Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Salem College, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform
“Between Us,” a program of duets that reflect intriguing portraits of the relationship between two people.
Now in its 30th anniversary season, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Jones and Zane (1948-1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance.
The Company emerged onto the international scene in 1983 with the world premiere of “Intuitive Momentum,” which featured legendary drummer Max Roach, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Company in known for dancers with diverse personalities and backgrounds; partnering that is unconventional and unexpected; and a choreographic palette that draws from classical ballet, postmodern abstraction and arrangements of gesture and shape influenced by film and photography.
Organizers say this focused evening of dance provides a satisfying look at the core of the Jones/Zane style and an overview of the Company’s evolution. The program will include an early Jones/Zane duet, a highly athletic pair of duets and another piece from later in Jones’s career.
An audience Q&A session and reception will follow the performance.
On Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m., also at the Elberson Fine Arts Center, there will be a screening of “A Good Man,” a 90-minute PBS documentary about Jones, a 2010 Kennedy Center Honors recipient and two-time Tony Award winner for Best Choreography.
Later that evening, Jones will take center stage for “An Evening with Bill T. Jones: Insights on Directing, Choreography and an Artistic Life,” at 7:30 p.m. The legend will talk about his life and career.
All events, which will be held in the Elberson Fine Arts Center of the school’s Hanes Auditorium, are free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
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