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Bill T. Jones, internationally acclaimed director, choreographer and 2010 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, at Lewis Center on January 18


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) Princeton University’s Program in Dance is honored to welcome the internationally acclaimed director and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and 2010 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Bill T. Jones to the Lewis Center for the Arts on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Jones will discuss the origin and evolution of Continuous Replay (1978), a seminal dance work that will be performed by Princeton students in February 2011.  The lecture and screening will be from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

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 screening 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 lecture and screening, Jones will conduct an open rehearsal of Continuous Replay with Princeton students starting at 4:45 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The rehearsal is free and open to the public. There will be a brief reception between the events.

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 is the first artist in a new Masters of Dance series beginning in January, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Dance with funding from the 1932 Visiting Lecturer Fund. Susan Marshall, the award-winning choreographer and dancer who recently began her tenure as the Director of the Program in Dance at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, launched the series as yet another example of the University’s deepening commitment to the arts.

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).

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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