Bill T. Jones

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Bill T. Jones is the recipient of the 2005 Wexner Prize, the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, a 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award, and the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. Mr. Jones began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY), studying classical ballet and modern dance. Mr. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide as a soloist and duet company with his late partner, Arnie Zane before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982, which recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary season. Creating more than 100 works for his own company, Mr. Jones has also choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Axis Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Diversions Dance Company, among others. In 1995, Mr. Jones directed and performed in a collaborative work with Toni Morrison and Max Roach, Degga, at Alice Tully Hall, commissioned by Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun Festival. His collaboration with Jessye Norman, How! Do! We! Do! premiered at New York’s City Center in 1999. In 1990, Mr. Jones choreographed Sir Michael Tippet’s New Year under the direction of Sir Peter Hall for the Houston Grand Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He conceived, co-directed and choreographed Mother of Three Sons, which was performed at the Munich Biennale, New York City Opera, and the Houston Grande Opera. He also directed Lost in the Stars for the Boston Lyric Opera. Mr. Jones’ theater involvement includes co- directing Perfect Courage with Rhodessa Jones for Festival 2000, in 1990. In 1994, he directed Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain for The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. Television credits include PBS’s “Great Performances” Series (Fever Swamp and Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land) and “Alive from Off Center” (Untitled). Still/Here was co- directed for television by Bill T. Jones and Gretchen Bender. A PBS documentary on the making of Still/Here, by Bill Moyers and David Grubin, “Bill T. Jones: Still/Here with Bill Moyers”, premiered in 1997. The 1999 Blackside documentary “I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts”, profiled Mr. Jones’ work. D-Man in the Waters is included in “Free to Dance”, a 2001 Emmy winning documentary that chronicles modern dance’s African-American roots. In 1994, Mr. Jones received a MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 1979, Mr. Jones was granted the Creative Artists Public Service Award in Choreography, and in 1980, 1981 and 1982, he was the recipient of Choreographic Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bill T. Jones has been awarded several New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards; 1986 Joyce Theater Season (along with Arnie Zane), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), The Table Project (2001) and The Breathing Show (2001). Mr. Jones, along with his collaborators Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor received an “Izzy” Award for Perfect Courage in 1990. In 2001, Mr. Jones received another “Izzy” for his work, Fantasy in C-Major, with Axis Dance Company. Mr. Jones was honored with the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award for his innovative contributions to performing arts in 1991. In 1993, Mr. Jones was presented with the Dance Magazine Award. In 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.” Mr. Jones has received honorary doctorates from the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard College, Columbia College, the Juilliard School, Swarthmore College, and the SUNY Binghamton Distinguished Alumni Award.
 
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Choreographer
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Fela! A New Musical 37 Arts Theatre B 09/04/2008 Choreographer
2 Spring Awakening Linda Gross Theater 06/15/2006 Choreographer
3 The Seven New York Theatre Workshop 02/12/2006 Choreographer

Author
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Fela! A New Musical 37 Arts Theatre B 09/04/2008 Book
2 Fela! A New Musical 37 Arts Theatre B 09/04/2008 Conceiver

Director
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Fela! A New Musical 37 Arts Theatre B 09/04/2008 Director
Awards
Award Production
1 WON 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Choreographer Fela! A New Musical Choreographer
2 NOMINATED 2009 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Choreography Fela! A New Musical Choreographer
3 NOMINATED 2009 Drama League Award Nomination, Outstanding Production of a Musical Fela! A New Musical Book
4 NOMINATED 2009 Drama League Award Nomination, Outstanding Production of a Musical 2009 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Musical Fela! A New Musical Conceiver
5 NOMINATED 2009 Joe A. Callaway Award Finalist Fela! A New Musical Choreographer
6 WON 2009 Lucile Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical 2009 ITBA Award, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical Fela! A New Musical Conceiver
7 WON 2009 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical 2009 ITBA Award, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical Fela! A New Musical Book
8 WON 2009 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Choreographer Fela! A New Musical Choreographer
9 NOMINATED 2007 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, Outstanding Choreographer 2007 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Choreography Spring Awakening Choreographer
10 WON 2007 Obie Award, Choreography 2006 Joe A. Callaway Award Spring Awakening Choreographer
11 WON 2006 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Choreographer The Seven Choreographer