About This Artist

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

The repertory of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically-driven works as well as works using a variety of texts. The Company has been acknowledged for its intensely collaborative method of creation that has included artists as diverse as Keith Haring, Cassandra Wilson, The Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, Fred Hersch, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, Julius Hemphill and Daniel Bernard Roumain, among others. The collaborations of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with visual artists were the subject ofArt Performs Life (1998), a groundbreaking exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

About This Project

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company continues its exploration of chance as a mechanism for creating work with /Time: Study I, a unique, site‐specific work created at CounterPulse. With this work, Bill T. Jones returns to his roots, creating work in smaller, more intimate spaces. This new work, which relies on the laws of chance, will take place in a venue that is known as a key site in the global network of improvised dance. Inspired by legendary artist and composer John Cage’s Indeterminacy, the company will employ chance procedure to create a new collage of dance and music. Composer, musician, and intermedia artist Ted Coffey’s often minimal and shifting score offers another perspective on Cage’s methods in which time is the unifying element. The experience challenges audience members to find meaning and connection in the sweep of randomized, disparate elements.

Upcoming Events

Ignite Another 30 Years of Art & Action

Give CounterPulse a Gift Today!
Help us raise $30,000 to celebrate our thirties

Flashback Futures

The CounterPulse Solstice Party
Sat, Dec 19, 5pm-7:30pm PST on Zoom

Skills Bucket

with CounterPulse staff!
Third Wednesdays, September-February, 3:00pm-3:30pm PDT

Music Box Orchestra

Rick Darnell
First and Third Fridays in November & December, 6pm-7pm PDT

Archived Events

Tenderloin Day of the Dead Altar

Jeff Marshall
Altar Dedication on Sat, Oct 31, 3-4pm at The Tenderloin Museum

2020 Deaf Louder Virtual Performance

Antoine Hunter / Urban Jazz Dance Company & Guests
Fri & Sat, Nov 6 & 7, 6pm-7pm PST on Twitch

Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders

Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
Tues, Oct 27, 7pm-8pm (Live 6:45pm)

Blog Roll

  • Glitch Crush

    “Primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se” (At first it’s strange, then it gets into your veins) – Fernando Pessoa I am part of the Human/ID team, a collaboration with StratoFyzika and Ian Heisters that probes how identity is rendered legible (or illegible) through movement and technology.  Tagging onto the notion of digital flaws and their rich potential […]

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  • IDENTITY AND MOVEMENT: MOTION TRANSFER WITH NEURAL NETWORKS

    Deep fake dancing and breaking technology I’ve been talking with the StratoFyzika team about how identity resides in the body for their residency in CounterPulse’s Combustible program. We’re researching surveillance technology, machine learning, and dance for a performance in spring 2020. The research is conceptual as well as practical, and the following comprises my notes in building a first […]

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  • A Platform, A Stage, An Audience

    We are artists. In some ways, we are sacrificial lambs. We bleed publicly. We can be found dancing naked and crying the necessary tear. We do this so they can name what they have sacrificed. To those without words, we give poetry; those without melody, a song. And to him, that guy, that just can’t […]

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  • Behind the Lens with Robbie Sweeny

    I’ve always been a fan of Robbie Sweeny. For years I’ve admired his photographer choreography, his hurried movement and cadence during performances. It takes considerable method and skill to shoot the perfect angle, and to capture the compelling photos that highlight CountrePulse’s Instagram feed. My colleagues and I admire his stylistic editing; together we scroll […]

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