Ever since Bill T. Jones and his late partner Arnie Zane officially founded their eponymous company in 1983, America’s dancescape has been rocked by passionate, angular and unique work.
This year, the 10-member company is celebrating its silver anniversary with festivities galore! First up is a continuous, three-pronged exploration of Abraham Lincoln. A legend investigating a legend—how fitting!
In September, Jones went solo to direct and choreograph Fela! at 37 Arts in NYC. The piece was a riveting theatrical event about the life and struggle of Fela Kuti, a Nigerian political activist and founder of the funky music genre, Afro-beat. Emphasizing Jones’ interest in integrating artforms, it was a combination of visual art, dance, theatrical narrative and video displays with a melting pot of crying saxophone (played amazingly by Sahr Ngaujah in the title role), pulsing drums, swiveling hips, jutting arm sequences and sensual partnering.
The company will also take its anniversary on the road, touring through March 2009, from Santa Fe, NM, to Washington, DC. Make sure to catch the company in action—we can’t wait to see what it shows us in the next 25 years!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer