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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time

Sarah Lass in Story/Time. Photo by Jim ColemanThe Five College Dance Department was proud to have as its 2016-2017 repertory project Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time. The original work was choreographed by Bill T. Jones with Janet Wong. An excerpt was staged on our dancers by Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins. The concerts featured Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures. Similar to a busy streetscape or a crowded room, the experience challenges audience members to find meaning and connection in the sweep of randomized, disparate elements. The excerpt was performed at the Mount Holyoke College Fall Faculty Dance Concert, Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert, and the FCDD Faculty Dance Concert. The dance was double cast and featured a total of 20 FCDD performers across all five campuses.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 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 250 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.

The repertory of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically-driven works as well as works using a variety of texts.

Some of its most celebrated creations are evening length works including Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990); Still/Here (1994); We Set Out Early… Visibility Was Poor( 1996); You Walk? (2000); Blind Date (2006); Chapel/Chapter (2006); and Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray (2009).

The Company has received numerous awards, including New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessies”) for Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage (2006), The Table Project (2001), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), musical scoring and costume design for Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990) and for the groundbreaking Joyce Theater season (1986). The Company was nominated for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Best New Dance Production” for We Set Out Early… Visibility was Poor.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is the resident company of New York Live Arts, www.newyorklivearts.org.

FCDD Dancers in Story/Time. Photo by Jim Coleman

Top Left: Sarah Lass (SC MFA '18) in Story/Time. Photo by Jim Coleman
Above: Dunan Herman-Parks (HC '17), Nicole DeWolfe (SC MFA '17), and Helen Duros (UM '17) in Story/Time. Photo by Jim Coleman