HomeProgramsPafSpotlightDecember 2016 Spotlight: DANCECleveland + Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

December 2016 Spotlight: DANCECleveland + Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

DANCECleveland in Cleveland, Ohio presented Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in October 2016.

This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and a series of masterclasses.

DANCECleveland curates dance series that bring world-renown dance companies to northeast Ohio for performances, masterclasses, educational residencies, and lectures. Their mission is to bring the passion and verve of modern and contemporary dance into the hearts and minds of the people of Northeast Ohio.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, based out of Harlem in New York City, has performed throughout the world with a wide ranging repertory. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company nurtures the art of dance, educates the public, and promotes collaboration among members of the allied arts of music, theater, new media, visual arts, etc. and the communities in which they work. Its varied subject matter, imagery and approach to movement contribute to its broad appeal. Some performances are driven by music while others use text.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company participated in a week-long residency at The University of Akron that culminated in a public performance. This performance featured live music, spoken word and intricate choreography based on the story of Dora, a young Jewish nurse and social worker in Nazi-occupied France. She ultimately served with a group that helped children escape. Dora is now 96 years old, still lives in Paris and regularly visits her son and son-in-law, Bill T. Jones, in New York. During the engagement, company member Antonio Brown—an alumnus of the Cleveland School of the Arts—taught a masterclass for high school students at his alma mater.

“The questions asked by students, teaching them some of the choreography, and simply being on the University of Akron campus was a terrific experience.” —Dancers from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

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This engagement was a Star Project that deepened participation with a community residency.