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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

The Kitchen

In the old days, when Alan Suicide played CBGB’s and Nan Goldin showed slides at the Mudd Club and Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane performed at the Kitchen on Broome Street, the downtown dance scene and the art world/music scene were part of the same geography. Visual artists, performers, choreographers, and musicians made up one another’s audiences; each group saw in the others’ work reflections of its own conceptual strategies and found inspiration in the way high art, low culture, and punk music were a part of everyone’s special blend. By the mid-’80s, however, doors slammed shut on interdisciplinarity’s open plan as a newly flourishing art market focused on large paintings, photographs, and objects of all sorts.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s twentieth-anniversary celebrations should be a rallying cry to visual artists to get back in there and look at what dancers can do with

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