Skip to main content

The Montgomery Endowment
Office of the Provost
6004 Parkhurst Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H. 03655
(603) 646-4062

Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones

April 2010

Bill T. Jones is unquestionably the preeminent American choreographer of his generation and of the last twenty years. Since he and his late collaborator and partner Arnie Zane, as young college students, founded their company in the 1970s, the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company has created over 140 works. Mr. Jones has received many awards for his passionately engaged and intensely physical dances, including a Tony, a Bessie, an Opie, and a MacArthur Genius Grant. In 1994 Time put him on the cover of an issue featuring a story about the “new Black cultural renaissance in the arts” and identified him as the very “spirit of this new Black upsurge.” In landmark works that have revolutionized postmodernist dance—Still/Here; Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land; Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray; and most recently Fela, the musical currently playing on Broadway to rave reviews—Mr. Jones has shown that, as a Vanity Fair reviewer wrote, there is “no other dancer-choreographer working today [who] allows past, present, and future to mingle so freely in his body.” Art, as Mr. Jones has observed, “does for me what religion does—it organizes a seemingly chaotic world.”

Last Updated: 5/26/10