Tony Award-winning dance artist Bill T. Jones to join live 'Meeting' April 28

April 15, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The next “Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” live conversation will feature Tony Award-winning choreographer and innovative dance artist Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong.

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The April 28 “Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” live conversation will feature innovative dance artist Bill T. Jones. He won Tony Awards for choreography for the Broadway musicals “Spring Awakening” and “Fela!”

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Jones, artistic director of New York Live Arts, and Wong, the New York City dance theater venue’s associate artistic director, will join the free event starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. It will be broadcast via the Zoom conference app, and questions will be taken in real time from audience members via the chat function.

Visit “Meeting the Moment” for more information.

Contributions from the members of the Center for the Performing Arts and a grant from the University Park Student Fee Board help make the program free of charge. The Meghan R. Mason Program Endowment and Richard Robert Brown Program Endowment provide support.

The program is part of the center’s “Up Close and Virtual” 2020–21 season. “Meeting the Moment” also is the keystone event of the Fierce Urgency Festival, the center’s commitment to celebrating Black artists and sharing their stories.

Early in his career, Jones perfected an improvisational dance technique that focuses on physical partnership and balance. His body of work is experience-driven, including works inspired by his interracial gay relationship, reaction to being diagnosed HIV-positive, and digressions on social issues.

Jones co-founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982, for which he choreographed more than 100 works. He also has created works for companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Axis Dance Company. He has choreographed for theater and Broadway, including “Spring Awakening,” for which he won a 2007 Tony Award. He also is co-creator, director and choreographer for “Fela!,” which won three Tonys in 2010.

He has collaborated with various artists, including Toni Morrison and Max Roach, Keith Haring and opera singer Jessye Norman.

Wong leads the performance and humanities programming with Jones at New York Live Arts, a theatrical performance and classroom space. She has worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company since 1996.

Mwenso has performed for the Center for the Performing Arts with The Shakes in concert live and virtually. As curator and events programmer at Jazz at Lincoln Center, he has shared the stage with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste, Aaron Diehl, Sullivan Fortner and Jamison Ross.

Geisinger and Northwest provide support for virtual presentations by the Center for the Performing Arts.

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Last Updated April 16, 2021