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Deep Blue Sea: Bill T. Jones | Arnie Zane Company

April 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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One event on April 30, 2022 at 8:00 pm

bill t. jones

Deep Blue Sea will be an immersive arts experience that explores the relationships between the individual and the larger community, as well as performer and audience. Directed and choreographed by Tony-Award winning Bill T. Jones, Deep Blue Sea unfolds in three sections: a solo by Jones deconstructing text from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech, which evolves over time into the 10-member Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, that further expands into an expansive collaboration with local Philadelphia participants.

The work will explore the manipulation of text, spoken word, and singing as part of an ever-present sound score composed by Nick Hallett in collaboration with Music Producer HPrizm aka High Priest. Creating the physical environment is architectural team Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Project Designer Peter Nigrini, with lighting by Designer Robert Wierzel and costumes by Liz Prince.

A key component of this work is the exploration of community, driven by the concept of self-identity within the elusive group. Deep Blue Sea will be created around a diverse group of 60 community members, who will work with the company over a six-month period through a series of residencies. The Company will work with community participants through layers of dialogue, movement exploration, and community building, resulting in a truly Philadelphia-centric performance that reflects the diversity of the communities present.

Creator & Director Bill T. Jones
Associate Director Janet Wong
Choreography Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
Visual Environment Elizabeth Diller (DS+R) and Peter Nigrini
Lighting Design Robert Wierzel
Composer & Music Director Nick Hallett
Electronic Score Hprizm, Rena Anakwe, and Holland Andrews
Costume Design Liz Prince
Dramaturg Mark Hairston
Co-Musical Director Stacy Penson
Community Choir Director Dr. Jay Fluellen
Produced and Developed by New York Live Arts
Originating commissioner of the Philadelphia performances of Deep Blue Sea The Mann Center or the Performing Arts

This performance will take place on the Presser Foundation Stage as part our new series, Downstage at the Mann, where both audience and artist are on stage together, in an intimate and unique setting in-the-round. 

Photo by Howard Schatz


April 30
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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The Mann Center For The Performing Arts
5201 Parkside Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131 United States
(215) 546-7900
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