Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Screening and Lecture from 3:00 - 4:15 PM
Open Rehearsal from 4:45 - 6:00 PM
There will be a reception between the events. Both events free and open to the public.
Bill T. Jones discusses the origin and evolution of Continuous Replay (1978), a seminal dance work that will be performed by Princeton students in February 2011. Initially created as a solo by Jones’ late partner Arnie Zane during the postmodern period of the 70’s, subsequently developed into a duet, and finally re-conceived as a group work in the 90’s by Jones himself, Continuous Replay’s history reflects the changing concerns and values of two dancemakers across three decades. In this rare moment of reflection, Jones will share the rich history of this dynamic work of art and both his and Arnie Zane’s motivations and concerns as its creators. A viewing of the much-celebrated performance of Continuous Replay at City Center’s 2004 Fall for Dance Festival will allow audience members to fully experience the work.
Following the discussion, Mr. Jones will conduct an open rehearsal of Continuous Replay with Princeton students. Together, these events present an exciting opportunity for creative thinkers of all disciplines to engage with a multidisciplinary master through a work of art that continues to excite audiences into the 21st century.
BILL T. JONES (Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Choreographer), a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, has received major honors ranging from a 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award to Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009 and named "An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure" by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. His ventures into Broadway theater resulted in a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed FELA!, the new musical co-conceived, co-written, directed and choreographed by Mr. Jones. He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening as well as an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of The Seven earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award.
Mr. Jones began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY), where he studied classical ballet and modern dance. After living in Amsterdam, Mr. Jones returned to the United States and co-founded the American Dance Asylum in 1973 with Lois Welk and his late partner, Arnie Zane. Before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982, Mr. Jones choreographed and performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and duet company with Arnie Zane.
Mr. Jones has recently received honorary doctorates from Yale University, the Juilliard School and Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He has appeared on the cover of Time (1994) and been profiled on NBC Nightly News and The Today Show (2010). He was also a guest on the Colbert Report (2009) and was one of 22 prominent black Americans featured in the HBO documentary The Black List (2008). The making of his most recent work commissioned for the Lincoln Bicentennial - Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray - will be the subject of the upcoming PBS American Masters documentary, A Good Man (2011).