MacArthur Fellows Program

Bill T. Jones

Dancer and Choreographer | Class of 1994

Dancer and Choreographer
New York, New York
42 at time of award
Area of Focus
Choreography and Dance
Published July 1, 1994

About Bill's Work

Bill T. Jones is a dancer and a choreographer whose highly personal style of dance has influenced an entire generation of choreographers.


Jones co-founded the American Dance Asylum in 1973, choreographing and performing as a soloist there until 1982, when he formed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company, a physically diverse, racially-mixed ensemble that reflects contemporary multicultural society.  Jones has created over 50 works for the company, including D-Man in the Waters (1989), Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1991), Still/Here (1994), a piece created for the Lyon Bienale, The Table Project (2001), and The Breathing Show (2001).  He has also collaborated with Toni Morrison and Max Roach on Degga (1995), a work commissioned by the Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun Festival, and with Jessye Norman on How! Do! We! Do! (1999).

Jones is the artistic director and choreographer of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company.  He is the author of a memoir, Last Night on Earth (1995) and co-author of the children’s book, Dance (1998).

Jones began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1970.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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