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.