Iconic BAM Artists

Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones has received a 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award, the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, the 2005 Wexner Prize, the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 1993 Dance Magazine Award, among others. His recent foray into off-Broadway theater (The Seven) earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award, while his choreography for Spring Awakening was awarded a 2007 Tony Award as well as an Obie Award for the show's 2006 off-Broadway run. Jones and Arnie Zane launched onto the scene as the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1983 with the premiere of Intuitive Momentum   with Max Roach at BAM. In addition to creating more than 140 works for his own company, Jones has received many commissions to create dances for modern and ballet companies, and has choreographed and directed opera and theater productions including Mother of Three Sons, which was performed at the Munich Biennale, New York City Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera. He also directed Lost in the Stars   for the Boston Lyric Opera. Jones' new musical about the life of Nigerian musician and political figure Fela Kuti is currently running at New York's 37 Arts.***UPDATE Jones serves as both choreographer and director for the show.

Off-stage, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's work has been seen in such film and television documentaries as Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land (Great Performances series), Bill T. Jones: Still/Here with Bill Moyers, I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Artists, and the Emmy award-winning, Free To Dance: The Presence of African-Americans in Modern Dance. Most recently seen at BAM in 2008 with A Quarreling Pair, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's eighth BAM appearance. The company made its BAM debut in 1983 in Intuitive Momentum.


 
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Keith Haring and Bill T. Jones
Keith Haring created his first set design for the stage at BAM with the world premiere of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane’s Secret Pastures in November 1984.


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Performance History
Bill T. Jones at BAM
Intuitive Momentum
Feb 24—27, 1983
Secret Pastures
Nov 15—18, 1988
The Animal Trilogy
Dec 3—6, 1986
Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Promised Land
Nov 7—10,1990
Still/Here
Nov 30—Dec 3, 1994
We Set Out Early … Visibility Was Poor
Oct 6—11, 1998
The Phantom Project (20th Season)
Feb 3—7, 2004
A Quarreling Pair
Sep 30, Oct 2—4, 2008
The Return of the Native
Nov 3—5, 1988
The Flight Project
Dec 9—13, 2003
A Rite
Oct 3—5, 2013
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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
 
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