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651 ARTS partners with Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) to present a dynamic conversation that “Moves the Legacy Forward.” The discussion will be focused on the creative process of making a dance work based in biographical and historical narrative from the legendary dancer, choreographer Bill T. Jones and internationally renowned dancer, choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma. The evening is part of NBT’s Communication Arts Program (CAP) Symposium Series, which was conceived in the early ‘70s by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. This conversation will be moderated by National Black Theatre’s CEO, Sade Lythcott.
Bill T. Jones (Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Choreographer: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Executive Artistic Director: New York Live Arts) is the recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography of the critically acclaimed FELA!; a 2007 Tony Award, 2007 Obie Award, and 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Callaway Award for his choreography for Spring Awakening; the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award; the 2007 USA Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship; the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Seven; the 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; the 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; and the 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 2010, Mr. Jones was recognized as Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.”
Mr. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide with his late partner, Arnie Zane, before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982. He has created more than 140 works for his company. In 2011, Mr. Jones was named Executive 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.
Gregory Vuyani Maqoma hails from South Africa, born in 1973, in Soweto, Johannesburg. A dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director of Vuyani Dance Theatre Project. Regarded as a visionary in his country, his works to date have left the viewer with haunting images and refreshing ways of looking at choreography. He started his formal dance training in 1990 with a Johannesburg based dance company and school, Moving Into Dance. In 2002, Maqoma was named the Associate Artistic Director of Moving Into Dance. Since 1994 Maqoma has received several dance and choreography awards and scholarships. Maqoma teaches and choreographs for various institutions around the world, sharing his culture, talent and artistry.
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