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Community Conversation with Bill T. Jones: Is there a “We”?

March 22, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

LANGSTON and Meany Center for the Performing Arts Present:

Community Conversation with

BILL T. JONES: Is there a “We”?

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 4 pm

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While mandates have been lifted in Washington State, we are still asking that masks be worn at all times inside the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping us all safe and healthy.


Bill T. Jones, along with invited guests, and those gathered in attendance, will explore the importance of community and belonging, and the notion of collective redemption in a conversation moderated by Vivian Phillips. Participants will be encouraged to bring their ideas and questions about what makes a community strong, and to explore what responsibilities we have to one another in a community.

These universal questions are also being explored in a presentation of “What Problem?” a work by Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company, which will be presented by Meany Center for the Performing Arts on Th-Sat, March 24-26, 2022. For more information about this performance, visit meanycenter.org.

Guest Bios

Bill T. Jones:
Bill T. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide with his late partner, Arnie Zane, before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982. He has created more than 140 works for his company. Jones is Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, an organization that strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting, and educating.
Jones is recipient of the 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; 2013 National Medal of Arts; 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography of the critically acclaimed Fela!; a 2007 Tony Award, 2007 Obie Award, and 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Callaway Award for his choreography for Spring Awakening; the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award; 2007 USA Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship; 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Seven; 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; and a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 2010, Jones was recognized as Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.”
Vivian Phillips:
Vivian Phillips is a veteran arts producer, marketer, and civic advocate. Over the years, she’s moderated conversations with Harry Belafonte, Gloria Steinem, Magic Johnson, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Ruby Bridges, and many others. Her passion for culture has led to partnerships with arts organizations on five continents.


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