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Patch article by Lanning Taliaferro on May 10, 2018

BAC is pleased to announce a four week residency, in May, with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, a world-class dance-theater company.

OSSINING, NY: Bethany Arts Community is a new space and environment based at 40 Somerstown Road whose founders hope the many forms of art can be learned, produced and flourish.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch our artist residency program with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company,” David Lyons, founding executive director, said in a press release. “From the beginning, we wanted to provide a space that attracts and nurtures this caliber of international talent while also making these artists and their work accessible to our regional community.”

Until June 1, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will be creating a new work and expanding existing work, in residence at BAC. They will use the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creative process, spending valuable time together and with the BAC community through open rehearsals, community dialogues and public events. The nature of a residency outside of the city, even if just a few short train stops away, allows the artists to truly leave mundane activities that can sometimes get in the way of process and focus on engaging in the art form and their colleagues.

Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company is beginning a new work, currently titled The Deep Blue Sea, which they will continue to work on at BAC. Drawing inspiration from Melville’s evocative description of Pip, the young black “cabin boy”, floating alone in the sea, The Deep Blue Sea explores the relationship of solidarity as it pertains to, or contrasts to group identity. The work will begin with a solo figure that will be performed by Mr. Jones or a company member, evolving over time into an ensemble of ten (the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), that further expands into a community of one hundred people. The Deep Blue Sea will be a meditation on the nature of community building in a confusing era.

Additional programming for the community will be offered during the residency, including being able to observe the entire Company in action during their month-long residency at Bethany and even participate in a developing new work.

There are many exciting activities happening at BAC, including an afterschool program which is currently in progress, a second large sculpture to be installed in the garden, readings from Westchester Collaborative Theatre, a summer camp from Theatre O called The Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and many upcoming residencies to be announced in the near future, BAC officials promised.

Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company at Bethany Arts Community

Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company at Bethany Arts Community


Upcoming Events:

May 12, 19, 26 1p – 4p FREE Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company Community Dance Project: Join the creative process with the BTJ/AZ Company and volunteer to participate in the company’s latest work, The Deep Blue Sea. Participants will be asked to move, think and create with the nine members of the company with Bill T Jones and Associate Artist Director Janet Wong. Sign up for any of these dates here. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/btjcommunitydance

May 19 7p – 10p Fundraiser with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Performance: The evening’s festivities will include music, a selection of gourmet foods and beverages, and the latest art exhibition in the galleries – an exploration of motion and movement called (Not) Staying Still. The highlight of the evening will be a performance by the world famous Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company accompanied by some commentary from Bill himself. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/fundraiser

May 24 7p – 9p Meet the makers: Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong: An intimate setting for an evening of conversation with choreographer, dancer, writer Bill T. Jones, the founder and artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and their Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong. Hear from the two of the biggest creative forces in contemporary dance and culture. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/btjartisttalk

May 30 7p – 9p Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Performance: At the conclusion of the dance company’s residency at Bethany, a rare opportunity in Westchester to see a performance by the world-renowned Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/btjperformance

May 31 7p – 9p An Evening of Works in Process Studio Showing: Many of the talented dancers within the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, who have spent time at BAC in residence are also working on their own independent projects. Here’s another rare opportunity to see a diverse group of dance professionals sharing the pieces in various stages of development–a sampling of the different works and hear from the creative talents behind them. https://bethanyarts.org/calendar/worksinprocess/

PHOTO: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company dancers at work./ via BAC

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