Bill T. Jones born 1952
Born Bunnell, Florida

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989)
Gelatin silver print, 1985

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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
© 1985 The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.


Bill T. Jones born 1952
Born Bunnell, Florida
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989)
Gelatin silver print, 1985

Bill T. Jones partnered with Arnie Zane on a highly experimental dance company during the 1970s and 1980s—years in which Jones feels modern dance was “democratized” by personal style and improvisation. An emphasis on free-form movement also connected him to pioneering American dancers: like them, he has said, “I trust very much my own body dancing, and what it knows, so I set about allowing it to do what it does best.”

In addition to the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Jones has established a dynamic career on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards for choreography, most recently for Fela!

Fascinated by the cultural impact of new media, his works often incorporate digital technology. He uses computer-assisted scores and programs digital interactions between audience and dancers to push the performance envelope: “How much,” he wonders, “can you pull an audience along?”



Enlarged image

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
© 1985 The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.