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“Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” and guests Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong

April 28, 2021 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm EDT

“Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” and guests Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong

7:30 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Virtual event

Episode seven of “Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” features Bill T. Jones, an innovative force in contemporary dance for four decades, and Janet Wong, associate artistic director of New York Live Arts.

Early in his career, Jones perfected an improvisational dance technique that focuses on physical partnership and balance. His body of work is experience-driven, including works inspired by his interracial gay relationship, reaction to being diagnosed HIV-positive and digressions on social issues.

Jones co-founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982, for which he choreographed more than 100 works. He also has created works for companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Axis Dance Company. He has choreographed for theater and Broadway, including “Spring Awakening,” for which he won a 2007 Tony Award. He also is co-creator, director and choreographer for “Fela!”, which won three Tonys in 2010.

He has collaborated with various artists, including Toni Morrison and Max Roach, Keith Haring and Jessye Norman.

Wong leads the performance and humanities programming with Jones at New York Live Arts, a theatrical performance and classroom space. She has worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company since 1996.

Mwenso has performed for the Center for the Performing Arts with The Shakes in concert live and virtually. As curator and events programmer at Jazz at Lincoln Center, he has shared the stage with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste, Aaron Diehl, Sullivan Fortner and Jamison Ross.

The free live conversation will be broadcast via the Zoom video app, and questions will be taken in real time from audience members through the chat function.


April 28
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
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