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George Mason University's Center for the Arts Presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company IN Analogy/Dora: Tramontane: A breathtaking story of a Holocaust survivor told through dance Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8pm

September 21, 2016
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FAIRFAX, VA, September 21, 2016 – A giant in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Artson Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8pm. Known for his remarkable choreography using form to explore identity and social commentary, in this inspiring performance, Bill T. Jones contemplates the amorphous nature of memory in his original work, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, a breathtaking story of a Holocaust survivor.

Jones conceived and created the intimate program based on oral interviews with his 95-year old mother-in-law, Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker who lived in Nazi-occupied France and Belgium during World War II. Through a unique combination of narration, choreography and music, Dora’s harrowing story unfolds through 25 episodes that chronicle in nonlinear fashion memories of her childhood, death of family members during the war, and her perseverance, resourcefulness, and luck.

This work is part of a trilogy. The second installment, Analogy/Lance shares the tragic change of fate when a talented artist battles and succumbs to drug addiction, and the third piece, Analogy/Ambros, was inspired by W.G. Sebald’s historical novel The Emigrants. Collectively, all three personal pieces probe the role of memory and surviving traumatic experiences.

An innovative force in modern dance, Bill T. Jones is recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts, MacArthur Genius Award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, and multiple Tony Awards.

There will be a pre-performance discussion with Members of the Company before the show.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Analogy/Dora: Tramontane are $48, $41 and $29. Youth Discount Tickets (half price tickets for youth through grade 12) are available for this event. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 888-945-2468, or in person at the Center for the Arts ticket office. One free student ticket will be available with Mason ID beginning on October 14, 2016.

The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the Center for the Arts and free parking is located in university Lot K.

About George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is the centerpiece of performing arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its 2000-seat Concert Hall for performances by renowned professional artists, accomplished faculty, and emerging student artists. Great Performances at Mason, an annual season of national and international artists, features the best of classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, theater, global music and dance, and more. As a part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Center hosts many student and faculty performances presented by the Schools of Music, Theater, and Dance. The Center for the Arts is also the performing home for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.