Body Against Body

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Over the past 30 years, as choreographers have continued to test the boundaries of modern dance, creating works more riveting and cutting-edge than those before them, the beautifully intricate duets of Bill T. Jones and his late partner and collaborator Arnie Zane have truly managed to stand the test of time.

Though Jones has earned numerous accolades and awards throughout his career, creating over 140 works for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, he is perhaps best known by many for having directed and choreographed the 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! Not a rerun, but rather a piece of living dance history, Body Against Body now revisits several of the company’s groundbreaking works such as Blauvelt Mountain (1980) and Monkey Run Road (1979), which redefined modern dance in the early ‘80s and continue to be regarded as significant examples of postmodern aesthetic. More importantly, they are likely to excite and inspire audiences in 2013 with the same intensity as they did some three decades ago. All of the featured pieces address themes of race, gender and sexual orientation in small-scale duets—even sometimes in the nude—while integrating the same conflicting themes and contrasting physical styles that have defined the company’s history.

To further illuminate the social themes presented in Body Against Body, the Painted Bride will host audience engagement events throughout its three-night run, including a movement workshop for those with or without any formal dance training on Friday and a pre-show Q&A with Jones himself on Saturday. Immediately following Thursday’s performance, the audience will have a chance to engage with the company’s associate director Janet Wong and dance scholar/cultural historian Brenda Dixon Gottschild. Meanwhile, through a three-channel video installation, the public is invited to trace the evolution of Blauvelt Mountain as it has been brought to life over the years by diverse pairings of dancers. Whether relating to this dance or simply dance as a whole, participants are encouraged to share their reactions, as their responses will be compiled into sideshow and presented prior to each of the nightly performances. / Nicole Finbiner

Through Feb. 23. $25-$30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914. paintedbride.org

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WHEN
Friday, February 22, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
8pm. $25-$30

WHERE
Painted Bride Art Center , 230 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 02/22/2013. .

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