Led by Bill T. Jones – one of the most innovative and powerful choreographers in the world of modern dance and a two-time Tony Award-winning choreographer for the Broadway hits “Spring Awakening” and “Fela!” – the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will take the stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Thursday (June 7) to perform a mixed repertory program of avant-garde and classic works, including Jones’ signature piece, “D-Man in the Waters.”
The show will mark the company’s second performance at SPAC, which also presented Jones’ multi-media work, “Fondly Do We Hope; Fervently Do We Pray,” back in 2010. This year’s performance takes place during a three-week creative residency and summer intensive workshop for professional and pre-professional dancers hosted by Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
Thursday’s performance will feature the following works:
“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 Jones’ elegant, weighted movement vocabulary.
“Continuous Replay”: Originally created in 1977 as a solo by Jones’ late partner Arnie Zane, Jones later revised it as a group piece based on 45 shapes or gestures.
At 7:30pm, Jones will offer a short talk to share his perspective and insights on his creative process and these masterful works.
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s performance is being held at SPAC in conjunction with this week’s Saratoga ArtsFest. And in support of its partnership with the ArtsFest, SPAC will also be hosting an “Arts Alfresco” event on the lawn from 6-8pm on Thursday, prior to the performance. Designed as a unique celebration of fine art, food and wine, the event will feature gourmet, artisanal and comfort food creatively paired with wine and other beverages, presented by other area arts organizations. The Alfresco event is free to ticket-holders attending the performance.
Tickets to the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performance are $30; $25 for Saratoga ArtsFest Pass-holders.
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