Artist-in-Residence
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
The Loud Boy
Residency April 2000
Performance April 2000


Choreographer-dancer Bill T. Jones and company return to Minneapolis as part of their ongoing home-away-from-home commitment to the Walker and to the Twin Cities. Gathering material for a new dance-theater work called Loud Boy--a contemporary interpretation of Euripides' The Bacchae--the company will work with a broad cross section of the community to explore cultural and personal images of God, a thematic issue at the heart of the Greek tragedy. A series of interactive discussions called What Does Your God Look Like? will provide Jones with rich source material for the work while giving community participants an active and meaningful opportunity to engage with each other, the company, and the creative process. Additional workshops, master classes, and a lecture/demonstration will be presented at venues throughout the Twin Cities.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1952, Jones began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY). In 1974, he became cofounder of the American Dance Asylum. Before forming Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (then called Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company), Jones choreographed and performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and with his late partner, Zane. Recently, Jones served as choreographer-in-residence at the Lyon Opera Ballet (1995-1997) and has directed projects for theater, including Derek Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain at the Guthrie Theater in 1994.

In addition to a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1994, Jones has received a number of awards throughout his career, including choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) awards, an "Izzy" Award, and the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award. Last Night on Earth -- part memoir, part meditation, and part performance -- was published by Pantheon Books in 1995. An in-depth look at the work of Jones and Zane can be found in Body Against Body: The Dance and Other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, published by Station Hill Press. With Gretchen Bender, Jones codirected a television adaptation of Still/Here produced with KTCA-TV in St. Paul and Amaya in Paris. It won two awards: the FIPA Palme d'Or Biarritz (1996) and the Grand Prix, Scenes d'Ecrain, Bruxelles (1997).



THIS RESIDENCY IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART WITH FUNDS FROM THE DORIS DUKE FUND FOR JAZZ AND DANCE, THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS, AND THE LILA WALLACE-READER'S DIGEST PROGRAM FOR LEADING DANCE COMPANIES.