Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company To Perform PLAY AND PLAY, March 15 and March 20
Dance enthusiasts in two European cities, Cremona, Italy, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, will have the opportunity to watch performances by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company when the award-winning choreographer, MacArthur Genius Award and National Medal of the Arts recipient Bill T. Jones presents his mesmerizing Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music at Teatro Ponchielli, Cremona, Italy on March 15, 2017, 8:30pm and at Gallus Hall in Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 20, 7:30pm.
Known for its powerful and varied subject matter, Play and Play applies Jones's inventive choreography to some of the most important Western musical works of our time. Performed with live music played by local musicians, the program includes Ravel: Landscape or Portrait? (2012), a work that responds to Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major (1903) and reflects the wistful and melancholic sentiment of the score as well as its precision and restraint. Similar to the music's complicated internal logic, one of two choreographic variations for the third movement (either Landscape or Portrait) is selected by chance procedure before each performance. The second piece, Story/ (2013), is the result of the company's continued investigation in using John Cage's piece Indeterminacy as a choreographic tool. Following the model for the acclaimed Story/Time, the work employs a random menu of movement that is accompanied by Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 (Death and the Maiden) to craft a conversation between music and movement.
Bill T. Jones is one of the world's foremost multi-talented artists with an illustrious and award-winning career as a dancer, choreographer, theater director and writer. He has received major honors ranging from a 1994 MacArthur Genius Award to a 2010 Kennedy Center Honor to a 2013 National Medal of Arts. Jones was recognized as an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010, inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and named "An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure" by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. His creations on Broadway include the highly acclaimed "Spring Awakening" and "FELA!", for which he won 2007 and 2010 Tony Awards for Best Choreography.
NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
New York Live Arts serves as home base for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and is the company's sole producer, providing support and the environment to originate innovative and challenging new work for the Company and New York's creative community. Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts produces and presents dance, music and theater performances in its 20,000 square-foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square-foot studios. New York Live Arts offers an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists.
The creation of new work by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is made possible by the Company's Partners in Creation: Anne Delaney, Zoe Eskin, Eleanor Friedman and Carol Tolan.
Support for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is provided by the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance,
the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Scherman Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.
New York Live Arts is supported by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.