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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Story/Time, Walker Commission

Part of 2011-2012 Performing Arts Season

“[Jones’] gifts: pungent, purposeful character development, compelling storytelling and pure-dance interludes of slippery and often deeply romantic choreography.” —Washington Post

Bill T. Jones, one of America’s most accomplished dancemakers, creative force behind Broadway’s Spring Awakening and Fela!, and 2010 Kennedy Center honoree, returns to the Walker with his international company in Story/Time. Jones commands center stage with his flow of autobiographical seventy one-minute micro stories. With a formal structure inspired by composer John Cage’s Indeterminacy (1959), the piece operates on the principle of chance to layer movement, stories, and music in the moment.

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Funding

Story/Time was co-commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University and the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. The work was developed in residence at Arizona State University Gammage Auditorium, Bard College, Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, University of Virginia, and the Walker Art Center.

Additional support in honor of Dale Schatzlein (1948–2006) and his important work in support of dance and jazz in the Twin Cities, provided by Emily Maltz.

The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by