Center for the Arts Welcomes Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Posted: March 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The award-winning Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world.

Choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones has an unmistakable style, combining video, text and autobiographical material with dance.

The Harlem-based company will perform one of Jones’s newest works, “Chapel/Chapter,” at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m.

scene from Chapel Chapter
A scene from “Chapel/Chapter”

“Chapel/Chapter” examines how the media creates an uneasy distance between passive observers and the “disturbing, sometimes even incomprehensible news items that we encounter every day.”

The goal of the piece is to create an intimate experience between the audience and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as the dancers retell three stories, two of them highly visible news items and one a reminiscence/confession offered by a company member.

The work’s spirit is conveyed through live music performed by an ensemble of contemporary musicians that includes cellist Christopher Antonio William Lancaster, soprano Alicia Hall Moran, voice instrumentalist Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding and the company’s resident composer and musical director Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR).

The musical score for “Chapel/Chapter” is a mixture of original music combined and juxtaposed to madrigals, folk songs and plainsong chants.

Jones formed the company with his late partner Arnie Zane in 1983. They gained recognition as “new wave” choreographers whose large-scale, abstract collaborations were visually and spatially energized by contemporary sets, costumes and body paintings.

Since its inception, the multicultural 10-member company has performed in 200 cities in more than 30 countries and has distinguished itself through teaching at universities and festivals around the world.

The company freely explores musically driven work, as well as works using a wide variety of texts. It frequently collaborates with a wide variety of visual and performing artists, including Keith Haring, the Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, Cassandra Wilson and Jenny Holzer.

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