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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance on April 8

033011EyeOnArts_SerenadThe Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform at UNCG Friday, April 8, as part of the Schol of Music, Theatre and DanceUniversity Concert and Lecture Series “Spotlight on the Performing Arts.”

The company will present “Serenade/The Proposition,” a work that was created to mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. “Serenade/The Proposition” approaches the legacy of Lincoln as a rumination on the nature of history. It uses some of Lincoln’s documented words, writings by his contemporaries, and other texts to illustrate the push and pull of historical perspective.

“Serenade/The Proposition” is part of a trio of dance works that grew out of a 2007 commission by the Ravinia Festival to create a work to honor the Lincoln bicentennial. The other productions were “100 Migrations,” a site-specific community performance project, and “Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray,” the making of which is the subject of a feature-length documentary titled “A Good Man,” to be broadcast on PBS American Masters in 2011.

It is also a central part of “The Art of Public Memory,” a conference at UNCG April 7-10 that will reflect on ways that the arts participate in the creation and rethinking of the public, or collective, memory of things like a culture’s shared understanding of people, events, places, institutions and history.

Curtain time in Aycock Auditorium will be 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35 and $28 and can be purchased through the UNCG Box Office, 336-334-4849, or boxoffice.uncg.edu.

The dance company http://www.billtjones.org/ was founded after 11 years of collaboration, during which Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948-88) redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance.

It emerged in 1983 with the world premiere of “Intuitive Momentum,” and has come to be recognized as one of the most innovative forces in the modern dance world. The company’s honors include New York Dance and Performance Awards, known as the “Bessies,” for “Chapel/Chapter” in 2006, “The Table Project” in 2001, “D-Man in the Waters” in 1989 and 2001, and musical scoring and costume design for “Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land” in 1990.

The Harlem-based company’s performances have been seen in 30 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In addition, the company performs and teaches at universities and festivals and has been sponsored by government agencies such as the U.S. Information Agency in Eastern Europe and Asia.

By Steve Gilliam
Visual: The Jones/Zane Dance Company performs ‘Serenade.’