Jones, Icon Of American Dance, To Perform At U.Va. April 25
April 1, 2003--
Bill T. Jones, dancer and choreographer
“Dance Today: Steps and Commentary” - A Lecture and
Friday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Culbreth Theatre, University of Virginia
Tickets are $12 general admission; $6 for students, and will go
on sale Friday, April 11.
• Newcomb Hall Box Office at U.Va., Monday through Friday,
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — cash or check only
• Plan 9 only at The Corner on University Avenue (434) 979-9999
— cash, check or credit cards
• After 5:15 p.m. the day of the performance, tickets can
be purchased only before the show begins in Culbreth Theatre.
and choreographer Bill T. Jones addresses a plethora of contemporary
issues such as religion, death, stereotypes, gender, the body and
the African aesthetic. In recognition of his innovative contributions
to performing arts, Jones has received numerous awards, including
a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship.
T. Jones is considered to be an icon in American modern dance,"
said Sage Blaska, dance lecturer at the University of Virginia.
has worked solo and in collaboration. In 1982, he founded Bill T.
Jones/Arnie Zane and Company with his longtime partner. The duo
was recognized as new-wave or post-modern choreographers, often
dancing in costumes designed by Willi Smith and performing with
sets created by pop artist Keith Harding. Jones has performed as
a soloist since Zane’s death in 1988.
his book, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man,”
scholar Henry Louis Gates described Jones: “Consider Bill
T. Jones, who has become, by turns, the whipping boy and poster
child of postmodernism; a man who makes a fetish-object of his own
demonized and desired flesh, by way of a critique of fetishism.”
Today: Steps and Commentary” is sponsored by: the Campaign
for Dance at the University of Virginia, the Drama Department, the
University of Virginia Art Museum, the Forum for Contemporary Thought,
the McIntire Music Department, the Studio Art Department, the University
Programming Council, the Office of the Vice President for Student
Affairs, the Cultural Programming Board, the Arts and Sciences Council
and Carrington Ewell.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298