Voices 15: Honoree
Bill T. Jones
Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Choreographer Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
In addition to this many contributions to the performing arts, Jones is also a published author. Of his memoir, Last Night on Earth, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “to the extent that any words can convey the experience of dance, Jones does so here, eloquently and with disarming honesty.” He is also the author of Dance, a children’s book that introduces the beauty of dance to children. Jones contributed to Continuous Replay: The Photography of Arnie Zane, published by MIT Press in 1999. His most recent book, Story/Time: The Life of an Idea, published in 2014, was described by Salmon Rushdie as “a series of vivid vignettes of being, thinking, and doing, which is to say, of living.”
Jones began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY), where he studied classical ballet and modern dance, and was later awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. After living in Amsterdam, he returned to SUNY, where he became co-founder of the American Dance Asylum in 1973. In 1982 he formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (then called Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company) with his late partner, Arnie Zane. Jones is currently Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, an organization that strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating.