Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Company present PLAY AND PLAY at UC San Diego

Two-time Tony Award-winning choreographer and National Medal of Arts winner Bill T. Jones brings his innovative contemporary company to UC San Diego's ArtPower for Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music for one performance only, Thursday, May 25, 8 pm. Accompanied by a live score, Jones' extraordinary choreography highlights the joy of musicians and dancers working together. The New York Times has raved about Jones' work, "rarely has one seen a Dance Company throw itself onto the stage with such kinetic exaltation." For tickets and information, visit: UC San Diego.

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.

Founded in 1982, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948-1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

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.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is supported in part by the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, The Samuel M. Levy Family Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

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