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

The CounterPulse Festival 2021

September 9-18, 2021
A WEEK-LONG AWAKENING OF ARTISTIC WORKS ACROSS THE BAY AREA

Split

FACT/SF
Sept 9 - Oct 30 Thursdays & Fridays from 5pm-9pm Saturdays & Sundays* from 3pm-7pm at CounterPulse Project Space + Basement

Saint Leroi

tinypistol
Weds, Sept 15th at CounterPulse and Fri, Sept 17th on Twitch

(Re)Weaving with Two-Spirits

Film Screening with Weaving Spirits Festival Curators and Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest
Sat, Sept 18, 3-4:30pm PDT on Twitch

Archived Events

Queeratorial Collectives Do It Themselves

Performance Primers
Fri, Sept 17, 2-4pm PDT at Oakland Township Commons

CounterPulse at SkyBridge on Stevenson

Skybridge / TenderArts
Thurs, Sept 16, 6-10pm PDT at SkyBridge on Stevenson Alley, Tenderloin, San Francisco

un•rest

curbAlert
Thu & Fri, Sept 16 & 17, 6:30pm-8pm PDT at Oakland Estuary Park

Thoughtworks Arts Improvising the Net(Work) Kick-off Talk

Dilate Ensemble and h0t club
Wed, September 15, 2021, 12PM PDT on Zoom

Blog Roll

  • Embodied Divination with Amara Tabor-Smith

    Amara Tabor-Smith (she/her/we) is a choreographer/performance maker and the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater.  On Tuesday September 14th as part of the CounterPulse Festival 2021, we will be hosting Embodied Divination, a movement-based workshop where participants are invited to “contemplate their body as oracle, as compass, and a site for social repair”. Limited […]

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  • On Permission

    At the CounterPulse Festival this September, The Performance Primers will be hosting a virtual panel discussion and mixer titled “Queeratorial Collectives Do It Themselves“. This conversation will explore how working on a grassroots level outside conventional venues and capitalist values opens up new possibilities and invites deeper engagement among audiences and artists. Ahead of this […]

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  • Welcome back to CounterPulse!

    With the CounterPulse Festival 2021 just one week away, we are so excited to be opening our doors to the public once again! CounterPulse exists, above all, to make space for people to gather and to be united in collective experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to change and shift the ways we bring people […]

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  • Reverse Chariot I

    While at CounterPulse I first felt out the space and listened to mentor Joanna Haigood and used the first moments to get into my body and meditate on how I wanted to utilize it as a tool to begin telling these stories which I am still learning but that also live within me. I did […]

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