Deep Blue Sea

“the most written-about figure in the dance world
of the last quarter century”

The New York Times

“Elizabeth Diller is a visionary…
She can turn a metaphor into brick and mortar.”

Time Magazine

Director, choreographer, dancer Bill T. Jones creates a massive new work that expands on Jones’ recent practice revolving around the interplay of single and group identities. Revered internationally for his skill at storytelling through movement, Jones conceived this highly personal work in pursuit of the elusive “we” during these fractious times through a cast of 100 dancers/community members led by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and a deconstructed text from Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall will be transformed by Elizabeth Diller of the renowned architecture team Diller Scofidio + Renfro, projection designer Peter Nigrini, and lighting designer Robert Wierzel. The soundscape is an original composition by Nick Hallett with an electronic component by New York-based music producer Hprizm aka High Priest. In addition to choreographing and directing, for the first time in over 15 years, Jones himself performs.

Artist Talk: Deep Blue Sea
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory, Manchester International Festival
In Association with Holland Festival

Bill T. Jones, Creator & Director
Janet Wong, Associate Director
Choreography by Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
Visual Environment Elizabeth Diller (DS + R) and Peter Nigrini
Robert Wierzel, Lighting Design
Nick Hallett, Original Score
Hprizm, Music Producer
Mark Grey, Sound Design
Liz Prince, Costume Design
Mark Hairston, Dramaturg


Deep Blue Sea is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council. The production is also supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Photograph by Howard Schatz

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April 14–25, 2020

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