Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company Performs at Purchase College

On May 13, Performing Arts Center at Purchase College presents a performance by innovative dance theatre group Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company. The Company’s repertory is widely varied in its subject matter and stylistic movements, often including musically-driven works. The program on May 13 will offer a performance of Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist, the story of Jones’ nephew Lance Briggs, who has struggled with drugs and a life of excess. Composer Nick Hallet and baritone Matthew Gamble will accompany the dancers with a mix of lullabies, rhythm and blues and house music. This American dance company, founded in 1983 by Bill T. Jones and his now-deceased partner Arnie Zane, is based out of Harlem but has traveled around the world. Jones is a world-renowned dancer and choreographer, who has been awarded some of the world’s most prestigious awards, including the MacArthur “Genius,” two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts. For more info, visit:

A version of this article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at

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About Mary Alice Franklin

Mary Alice Franklin is ArtsWestchester’s Communications Manager and Editor of ArtsNews. She has a Bachelors in English and Masters in Publishing, and has been published in Paste Magazine, HuffPost, Art Zealous, Art Times, and more.

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