Bill T. Jones, a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, has received major honors ranging from a 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award to Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. His ventures into Broadway resulted in two Tony Awards for Best Choreography and an Obie award. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear Bill T. Jones share his candid and perceptive observations about directing, choreographing and the life of an artist. Following the lecture, there will be a reception with Mr. Jones in the Willard Smith library in the Vaughan Literature Building. Click here to watch Mr. Jones discuss the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's "Story/Time" (2012) with Philip Bither, McGuire Senior Curator of Performing Arts at the Walker Art Center.
Following Jones's lecture on January 23rd, the Griot Institute of Africana Studies will sponsor a reading group of Jones's 1997 autobiography, Last Night on Earth. In the book, the internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and director chronicles his life, the evolution of his art, and his professional and personal collaboration with Arnie Zane, who passed away in 1988. Readers will look for insights and inspirations as they discuss the book and enjoy a demonstration of Jones's techniques from Bucknell dance faculty. To obtain a copy of the book, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 90-minute American Masters film chronicles the intense creative journey of Bill T. Jones - a 2010 Kennedy Center Honors recipient and two-time Tony®Award winner for Best Choreography - as he tackles the most ambitious work of his career and leads the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the creation of Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial. Co-directors Bob Hercules of Media Process Group and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films provide a window into the creative process and the creative crisis of one of our nation's most enduring, provocative artists as he explores what it means to be a good man, to be a free man, to be a citizen. View the film's trailer by clicking here. Tickets are $2 and available at the box office.
Body Against Body returns to Bill T. Jones's roots in the avant-garde with a program that revives and reconsiders the challenging, groundbreaking works that launched Jones and the late Arnie Zane, his partner and collaborator of 17 years. Still some of the most significant examples of the postmodern aesthetic, these pieces redefined the duet form and changed the face of American dance. Both conceptually and physically rigorous, the works take on new life through the diverse dancers of Jones's company, providing a rare look at the origins of a widely acclaimed choreographer. Tickets are available at the box office.
The Bill T. Jones at Bucknell Series is sponsored by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Presidential Arts Initiative, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, the Association for the Arts, and the Office of the Provost.
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