Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company U.S. Premiere of A LETTER TO MY NEPHEW
A Letter to My Nephew, MacArthur Genius Award and National Medal of Arts choreographer Bill T. Jones's latest work, makes its U.S. premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Boston. Performances are Friday, November 11, 8 PM; Saturday, November 12, 8 PM; Sunday, November 13, 2 PM at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA. Tickets are $30 for ICA members and students, $40 for nonmembers. For tickets call 617.478.3103 or visit icaboston.org.A dramatic new work, A Letter to My Nephew, brings together two impulses: the social/political and the deeply personal. The piece embodies a street scene or a still from the evening news that superimposes violent street battles in the U.S. and desperate immigrants rushing towards freedom in Europe over the image of a hospital bed untethered from reality. Composer Nick Hallett, baritone Matthew Gamble, and DJ Tony Monkey accompany the skilled dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company with a delirious mixture of pop music, lullabies, house music, and more. The video design by Janet Wong turns the stage into a simulatEd Battleground; through the fog, Jones's words to his nephew come alive on stage. 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 andFELA!, 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 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 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 New York Live Arts is provided by Con Edison, the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the Ford Foundation, Goethe-Institut, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Harnisch Foundation, the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, the Samuel M. Levy Family Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Metropolitan Capital Bancorp, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and 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, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.