The Artist as Leader: Meet Bill T. Jones

The Artist as Leader: Meet Bill T. Jones

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
University Park Campus

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, February 11, at 9 a.m.

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Legendary choreographer, director, dancer, activist, and MacArthur “Genius” Bill T. Jones will grace Bovard Auditorium for a one-of-a-kind evening of dance and discussion. In 2011, Jones was named executive artistic director of New York Live Arts, an organization that supports dance and other movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting, and educating. In a unique two-part presentation, Jones will talk with Kenneth Foster, director of the USC Arts Leadership Program, about the challenges and rewards of being an artist-leader. Jones will collaborate with students from the USC Thornton School of Music and USC Kaufman School of Dance on an adaptation of his fascinating multidisciplinary work Story/Time, which fuses the age-old art of storytelling with a vibrant landscape of contemporary movement and music.

Over the course of a spectacular decades-long career, Bill T. Jones has founded and directed one of the top contemporary dance companies in the world, and created luminous works for not only his own Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company but also Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Axis Dance Company, and many other renowned ballet and contemporary dance companies.

Jones’s numerous choreographic works include the epic Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land; the touching Still/Here, which contemplates serious illness and mortality; and the vibrant Broadway musical Fela! His inimitable brilliance has been recognized with a Tony Award, a National Medal of Arts, several Bessie Awards, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, given annually to an artist “who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” Jones has been recognized as an officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, which Jones founded with his late partner in 1982, has performed in more than 200 cities in 30 countries. Known for an intense collaborative process, the company is internationally celebrated for their gorgeous and profound repertoire.

Organized by Kenneth Foster (Arts Leadership), Veronika Krausas (Music), and d. Sabela Grimes (Dance).

Photo: Paul B. Goode