Dance Department Rehearsal and Performance Audition for
Continuous Replay: Come Together
October 6th 6-8pm
DNCE 3601_002 Fall B
To register and to receive a zoom link email firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, October 5, 10AM.
"Continuous Replay is part of the DNA of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. One day in 1977 in Binghamton, NY, Bill came home from his day job stuffing adult diapers and found Arnie Zane working on the 45 shapes that will become the basis for the work. It was a solo, a duet, a group piece and back to a solo. And in 1991, three years after Arnie died from AIDS related complications, Bill made it into a full company work. These 45 shapes have connected generations of company members, most of whom have never met Arnie.
In 2020, in the midst of another pandemic, once again Continuous Replay brought together dances spanning four decades living in four continents, some coming out of retirement, to perform the work in their own homes for a digital version of the piece. During the editing process we realized that this socially distanced version of the work can become an in-person socially distanced performance and a way to connect the many students who have been affected by this pandemic. This piece will be called Continuous Replay: Come Together.
This is not the work that the company has performed all over the world but a re-imagining of the piece for this moment. The work demands precision, sharpness and integrity of movement (Arnie was highly trained in Karate), improvisational skills, creativity, a sense of community, responsibility for one’s own choices as well as that of the whole group. The success of the work depends on everyone.
All rehearsals can be conducted online via zoom. For schools whose students have returned, they can do a socially distanced performance outdoors or in a large gym. It will be a cathartic experience to perform together in-person again. For schools whose students have not returned, the performance can be on Zoom. And maybe when they return, sometime in the future, they can perform it in-person." - Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director, Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Co.