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Bill T. Jones, Icon Of American Dance, To Perform At U.Va. April 25

April 1, 2003--

WHO: Bill T. Jones, dancer and choreographer

WHAT: “Dance Today: Steps and Commentary” - A Lecture and Demonstration

WHEN: Friday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Culbreth Theatre, University of Virginia

TICKETS: 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.

Dancer 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.

"Bill T. Jones is considered to be an icon in American modern dance," said Sage Blaska, dance lecturer at the University of Virginia.

Jones 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.

In 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.”

“Dance 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.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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