Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Bill T. Jones, one of the most innovative and powerful choreographers in the world of modern dance and the creative force behind Broadway hits Spring Awakening and Fela!, will share insights on dance from Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Amphitheatre Stage on Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Following Jones's talk, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform a mixed repertory program of avant-garde and classic works, including Jones's signature piece, D-Man in the Waters, never before seen at SPAC. Tickets, just $30, are available online at spac.org."With extraordinary vision and drive, Bill T. Jones has had a profound impact on the arts world. Using movement as a medium, he has created a body of work that is innovative to its core and that challenges audiences to explore the meaning and messages behind what they see on the stage," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President and Executive Director. "To help audiences make these connections, Bill T. Jones himself will take the stage before the curtain rises to share his perspective and insights on these masterful works. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience in person, one of the arts world's most passionate and creative individuals," said White. Representing contrasting choreographic styles, the company's program consists of:
- D-Man in the Waters: Bill T. Jones' joyful tour de force, a work reconstructed in full for the first time since 1999. The New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award-winning classic is a celebration of life and the resiliency of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope and triumph.
- Spent Days Out Yonder: This work is a pure musical exploration, rare in the Bill T. Jones canon. Using Mozart's String Quartet No. 23 in F Major as the inspiration, the choreography follows Mr. Jones's elegant, weighted movement vocabulary.
- Continuous Replay* completes the program, offering "a thorough primer in Jones/Zane style" (Thequently developed into a duet, and finally re-conceived as a group work in the 90's by Jones himself, Continuous Replay's history reflects the changing concerns and values of two dancemakers across three decades New York Times). A seminal dance work initially created in 1977 as a solo by Jones' late partner Arnie Zane and revised as a group piece by Bill T. Jones in 1991, the work is based on 45 shapes or gestures.
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