When the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company comes to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 7, there will be a host of other events to accompany the show, including a residency, a lecture and a master class.
The company will take the stage in the SPAC amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of June, performing a mixed repertory program of avant-garde and classic works.
“D-Man in the Waters” is Jones’ signature piece, celebrating life and the resiliency of the human spirit. It’s an emotional work, written at a time when one of the company’s dancers, Demian Acquavella, was suffering from AIDS.
The company will also perform “Spent Days Out Yonder,” which is a musical reflection and exploration using Mozart’s String Quartet No. 23 in F Major.
The final piece in the program is “Continuous Replay,” created in 1977 as a solo by Arnie Zane. Jones revised “Continuous Replay” as group piece after Zane’s death in 1988. The work is based on 45 shapes or gestures. Parental advisory: It includes full nudity.
Prior to the performance, Jones will speak to the audience.
In addition to the talk and show, SPAC, in conjunction with Saratoga ArtsFest, will host “Arts Alfresco,” a showcase of regional arts organizations and artists on the lawn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The celebration of fine art, food and wine, is free and open to ticket holders. Tickets for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performance are $30. They’re available at spac.org. ArtsFest Pass holders are entitled to a $5 discount.
The Company will be spending three weeks in all in the area. On June 6, dancer Shayla-Vie Jenkins will conduct a master class at the National Museum of Dance. Dancers must be of intermediate level and at least 14 years old. Registration is $20 through the National Museum of Dance’s School of the Arts at 584-2225, ext. 3008, or by email at [email protected]
For the remainder of the three weeks, the company will be at Skidmore College for a creative residency and summer intensive workshop for professional and pre-professional dancers.