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Guest Artist Residency: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Guest Residency
Spring 2023
Taught By: Neil Greenberg
Section: A

CRN: 10793

Credits: 0 TO 1

Each spring, Lang College invites a prominent guest artist to either restage an existing work or to create a new work with Lang students. Participants in the class engage in an intensive rehearsal process that culminates in a public performance. Residencies often include study of the guest artist's history and influences, including the social, political, and aesthetic contexts that have affected the artist's life and work. Audition required. The audition will take place the first Tuesday of the semester at 6pm in A001. Corequisite: Students must also be enrolled in a Lang Dance movement practice course.

For this Spring 2023 members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company will teach "Continuous Replay," a seminal work in the legacy of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. Originally created by Arnie as a duet for Bill and Arnie, it was first performed in 1977 under the title "Hand Dance," and subsequently adapted by Arnie into a solo for himself, and re-titled "Continuous Replay." The piece was expanded into a work for the ten-member Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1991. Arnie came to dance with a background in karate and photography. Both Bill and Arnie were very interested in film and its reliance on frames, essentially individual photographs. As is evident in "Continuous Replay," they spent a substantial amount of time working with the idea of dance being composed of individual frames and used shapes or gestures sped up in time to become full movies—fluid groups of movements or dance. Reinforcing the idea of democratic creation, both Bill and Arnie were interested in creating structures or rules that a group could follow to create a dance that was unique every time it was performed and required spontaneous contribution. This requires the dancers to juggle the task of both unison movement—the strictest form of dancing together—and improvised movement—the least regulated form of dancing together. It forces the dancers to make choices in the moment. The course will be led by Janet Wong (Associate Artistic Director), and current company members Barrington Hinds, s. lumbert, and Huiwang Zhang, with visits from Bill T. Jones and Bjorn G. Amelan (set designer). Bill T. Jones is serving as a Presidential Visiting Scholar at The New School, 2022-2023.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:22am EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 001
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023