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An Icon brings Twenty Years of
Groundbreaking Dance to Toronto

Toronto, March 8, 2004 – Harbourfront Centre is proud to present Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Premiere Dance Theatre March 16-20, 2004. Commemorating the company’s 20th season, the performance run features a program of mixed work, including There Were..., Power/Full, Mercy 10 x 8 on a Circle and Jones’ newest piece, Reading, Mercy and the Artificial Nigger, based on a disturbing short story by Flannery O’Connor. Tickets, $21–$37.50, are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at www.harbourfront.on.ca or 416-973-4000.

"The journey doesn't end once the dancers leave the stage - it continues in the mind and memory." – Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post

Established in 1982, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is the product of eleven years of collaboration between Jones and the late Arnie Zane. They premiered their first work, Intuitive Momentum at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Fusing dance and theatre, their choreographies are highly diverse in subject matter and visual imagery, often projecting social-political overtones. Today, Bill T. Jones continues the collaborative style of choreography these two icons created. Over its 20 years, the company has performed in over 130 American cities and 30 countries. This is the sixth visit by Bill T. Jones to Harbourfront Centre’s Dance series. The last visit was during the 1998/1999 season.

Bill T. Jones, renowned as a dancer, choreographer, storyteller and public speaker, is the true definition of a renaissance man. His dance training began at the State University of New York at Binghamton where he studied classical ballet and modern dance, and later became co-founder of the American Dance Asylum. Before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (formally Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company), Jones choreographed and performed on the national and international level as a soloist and in duets with Mr. Zane. With numerous commissions and a multitude of awards, Jones has also accumulated credits for his work in television as both a choreographer, co-director and as the subject of documentaries.

Elsewhere in Canada, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performs March 13 at the Nartional Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Evening performances at Harbourfront Centre begin at 8 p.m. at the Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 3rd floor. The Harbourfront Centre Dance Season is presented with the assistance of Canadian Heritage.

NOTE: high resolution J-peg images are available for downloading through our website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/dancemedia.html

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Media Contact:
William Bobek: 416-973-4428; wbobek@harbourfront.on.ca
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