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'Story/Time,' Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company, photo by Paul B. Goode.

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company


“As a touring artist who has over the years shown work in the great city of Chicago, I have been struck by the ever-oscillating landscape as reflective of Chicago’s engagement with contemporary dance and performance. Through all of this change The Dance Center has shown a consistent and bold commitment to movement-based experimentation, and for this I am forever grateful.” 
Bill T. Jones

OCTOBER 24, 25, 2013 | 8:00PM
OCTOBER 26, 2013 | 3:00PM & 8:00PM   

SATURDAY MATINEE PERFORMANCE ATTENDEES: Please allow for additional time for driving and parking to The Dance Center or consider public transportation options, as we anticipate greater traffic than usual due to a concurrent event at Soldier Field.

s Mr. Jones swept inexorably through personal anecdotes, art world gossip, biblical tales and poem-like meditations, his dancers came and went, tearing around the stage – The New York Times

[Joness] gifts: pungent, purposeful character development, compelling storytelling and pure-dance interludes of slippery and often deeply romantic choreography.— The Washington Post

Bill T. Jones is one of a handful of artists who have per formed at The Dance Center, either solo or with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, in all four decades of The Dance Center’s history. In Story/ Time, he commands center stage with a series of randomly selected autobiographical one-minute micro stories— minimal, funny, poignant, surreal, philosophical, political and poetic. With a formal structure inspired by composer John Cage’s Indeterminacy (1959), the piece operates on the principle of chance to layer the stories in the moment with movement and music.  CONTAINS NUDITY AND MATURE CONTENT.



Conversation with Bill T. Jones

Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 3:00PM

presented by Chicago Humanities Festival at The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Face to Face: Conversation with Bill T. Jones  

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013 | 7:00-8:30PM*
Conaway Center @ 1104 S. Wabash

FREE and open to Students, Staff & Faculty of Columbia College Chicago
*Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30pm. Please arrive early to ensure entrance to the event.
An Audience & Community Engagement event of The Dance Center in partnership with the LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community of Columbia College Chicago

"As a mid-career artist I found myself stymied as to how and why I would make a new work. There was also the nagging feeling that I wanted to be back on stage alone, and then later with my company to satisfy the performer in me. I decided to turn to one of my artistic forbearers, one I have been aware of my whole career, but felt very little affinity for before. This was John Cage and, as you've probably heard me say, the 'permission' of his indeterminate methods was both an  encouragement and a provocation for myself. I would like to open our discussion w/the above description as to why Story/Time, but lead the group to ask themselves where they are going and who are their mentors or thought leaders. Who are their forbearers and where are they in relationship to them as I assume I will be in a room full of people who are making the future."   - Bill T. Jones

DanceMakers Session

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 10:00AM – 12:00PM

American Rhythm Center, 3rd Floor, Fine Arts Building at 410 S Michigan Ave.

Post-Performance Conversation

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Pre-Performance Talk with Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director

Friday, October 25, 2013 | 7:00PM



Photo Images

Press downloads of images can be found on Flickr. Simply click Dance Center link to Flickr set and click on desired image.  Right click and select size of download.


The Dance Center’s presentation of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.