New York

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane & Co.

Joyce Theater

Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane’s signature style came out of a visual and kinetic dialectic. Jones—black, tall, and lyrically athletic—was paired off with Zane—white, short, and frenetically antic—in duets that explored the ways such extreme contrasts could connect through movement. This trademark esthetic became diluted almost as soon as it was established, becoming submerged to the point of invisibility when the duo moved on to evening-length, company-sized works. These dances seemed to sprawl shapelessly under the weight of too many ideas. Now, a year after Zane’s death, their enterprise has begun to produce a distinctive choreography of surpassing power. Their always intense physicality has been heightened immeasurably by this newly achieved, clarified choreography.

Jones/Zane & Co. don’t traffic in the usual mode of most contemporary choreographers—that is, with a single structural and/or

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