Bill T. Jones Spends Autumn with Peak Performances @ Montclair

Extraordinary four-month residency includes the acclaimed Blind Date on October 25, the rarely performed As I Was Saying on October 27 and culminates in the world premiere of a brand new work A Quarreling Pair on November 30, December 1 and December 2.

Peak Performances @ Montclair showcases the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company this autumn with a semester-long celebration of the company’s work. In addition to performances, including the world premiere of A Quarreling Pair, Peak Performances events encompass the exploration of Jones’s choreography as well as the work and contributions of his close collaborators. Bill T. Jones recently won the Tony Award for his choreography of the Broadway hit Spring Awakening, revealing his startling and courageous work to a whole new wave of audiences.

Originally commissioned by Peak Performances, Blind Date is Jones’s penetrating examination of patriotism. Blind Date had its world premiere at the Alexander Kasser Theater in October 2005 and will return to the Kasser on October 25th. In a raw examination of patriotism, Jones is fascinated by honor, sacrifice, duty, loyalty and service to causes larger that one’s own. He sets out on a blind date during which wisdom, eloquence and wonder meet the status quo, rampant consumerism and the rigidity of today’s fundamentalist spirituality. The Village Voice described Blind Date as “Galvanic and galvanizing.”

On October 27, the company will present As I Was Saying, essentially a solo work performed by Jones that recombines works from the past and present repertory including With the Good Lord; a reshaping of Jones’s 1983 talking solo 21, now called 22; and Chaconne, among others.

A pinnacle during the Peak Performances season, the world premiere of Jones’ A Quarreling Pair takes place November 30, December 1 and December 2. A Quarreling Pair is the result of Bill T. Jones’ 15-year fascination with Jane Bowles’s four-page puppet play of the same name. In his hour-long production, Jones takes this apparently simple story of two sisters, whose views are polar opposites of the world, as a point of departure for a multi-layered theatrical exploration of what happens to a relationship that is lived in isolation. A combination of choreography, spoken word, and original music, the work creates tension between the unique creative means Jones employs to explore this play that warns of the emotional suffocation and spiritual inertia that results from a life lived without imagination and curiosity.

Peak Performances @ Montclair has become one of the premiere dance showcases in the nation. In the recent past it has commissioned and presented work by the top tier of dance artists working today, including Susan Marshall, Charlotte Vincent and Trisha Brown.

WNYC is a media sponsor for the 2007/2008 Season of Peak Performances @ Montclair. Peak Performances also acknowledges the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Blind Date
Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 pm

As I Was Saying
Saturday, October 27th at 7:30pm

A Quarreling Pair, The World Premiere
Friday, November 30th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 1st at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 2nd at 3pm.

Admission: $15
Alexander Kasser Theater
Montclair State University
One Normal Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey
973 655 5112


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Released: October 3, 2007