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BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY PRESENT "CHAPEL/CHAPTER"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY
Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 30, 2008 – The award-winning Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world. Choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones has an unmistakable style, combining video, text and autobiographical material with dance. Forming the company in 1983, Jones, with his late partner Arnie Zane, gained recognition as “new wave” choreographers whose large-scale, abstract collaborations were visually and spatially energized by contemporary sets, costumes and body paintings. “They all share a velvety propulsion, razor-sharp technique and a stage presence that it close the majesty,” raved The Washington Post. The Harlem-based company performs one of Jones’s newest works, "Chapel/Chapter," at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m.
Described by The New York Times as a “riveting experience,” "Chapel/Chapter" examines how the media creates an uneasy distance between passive observers and the “disturbing, sometimes even incomprehensible news items that we encounter every day.” The goal of the piece is to create an intimate experience between the audience and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as the dancers retell three stories, two of them about highly visible news items and one a reminiscence/confession offered by a company member. The work’s spirit is conveyed through live music performed by an ensemble of contemporary musicians, including cellist Christopher Antonio William Lancaster, soprano Alicia Hall Moran, voice instrumentalist Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding and the company’s resident composer and musical director Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). The musical score for "Chapel/Chapter" is a mixture of original music, combined and juxtaposed to madrigals, folk songs and plainsong chants. “Rarely has [Mr. Jones] been better able to sublimate his wide-ranging political, social and moral concerns into art,” The New York Times said about this extraordinary work.
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company formed almost 25 years ago, founded after 11 years of collaboration between Jones and Zane, during which the pair redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. Since its inception, the multicultural 10-member company has performed in 200 cities in more than 30 countries, and has distinguished itself through teaching at universities and festivals around the world. The company freely explores musically driven work, as well as works using a wide variety of texts, and frequently collaborates with a wide variety of visual and performing artists, including Keith Haring, The Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, Cassandra Wilson and Jenny Holzer.
Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and JP Morgan Chase.
PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.
Tickets for BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
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