Bill T. Jones and Company to Perform in Singapore
Recognized as one of the most innovative forces in the modern dance work, the award-winning choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones presents the world premiere of his latest talking solo Making & Doing at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Through rapid movement and gesture, Jones speaks about creativity: how to take an idea from inception to stage and what it means to be a maker in the world today. This rare, one-night-only performance will be presented on September 14, 2016, 8PM at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, Theater 72-13. Tickets $25.Following Jones's performance will be a site-specific new work, A Letter/Singapore, presented by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company on September 15-17, 2016, 8PM at the Singapore Airlines Theatre, LASALLE, Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Created specifically for Singapore, Jones collaborated on the work with LASALLE College of the Arts dance students during a residency with his company in Singapore. Tickets $25, $40, $55. A Letter/Singapore brings together social/political and deeply personal impulses. With dazzling neoclassical gestures, sensuous disco physicality and passionate jives, the movements of the dancers evoke streetscenes or stills from the evening news, superimposed violent battles, civic unrest or a hospital bed untethered from reality. Composer Nick Hallett, baritone Matthew Gamble and DJTonyMonkey perform and mix live a delirious spread of lullabies, rhythm and blues and house music. The eclectic sounds echo the varied dance styles and techniques performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Bill T. Jones is one of the world's foremost multi-talented artists with an illustrious and award-winning career as a dancer, choreographer, theatre 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 Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010, inducted into the American Academy of Arts & 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 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 is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our time. 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 Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2016 residency was awarded to Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. 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 is provided by Con Edison, Creative Capital, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the Ford Foundation, Goethe-Institut, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, the Jerome Foundation, the Samuel M. Levy Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Performance Network, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Shubert Foundation and the Theatre Development Fund. 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 with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.