Join the Amherst College Theater & Dance Department for a Zoom performance of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Continuous Replay: Come Together.
Amidst the isolation and racial uprisings in the early summer of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued its spread, 44 current and former members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company came together (while being apart) to create something as a community in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. At the center of this virtual presentation was a recreation of Arnie Zane‘s iconic work Continuous Replay. In 1991, three years after Arnie’s passing at the height of the AIDS pandemic, Bill T. Jones made Arnie’s choreography into a full company work. Continuous Replay has connected generations of company members and was, for most of them, the only way to know Arnie. Now, students from both Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College join in this legacy as they embody this seminal work in its reimagined digital rendition, Continuous Replay: Come Together, with original sound score created by Jake Meginsky and digital design and technical direction by Scotty Hardwig and Raul Mendoza.
This performance event will promote and benefit three local and remarkable Black-women-led initiatives: Sonya Clark’s The Solidarity Book Project, Shakia Barron’s Black Beauty Dance, and Shakia Barron and Jamila Umi Jackson’s Black Women’s Leadership Initiative. The evening will begin with a conversation between Jenna Riegel (repetiteur of Continuous Replay: Come Together) and Sonya Clark, Shakia Barron and Jamila Umi Jackson. The event will culminate with the Amherst College Theater and Dance Repertory class’ performance of Continuous Replay: Come Together, with a talk-back with the performing artists to follow. This event is open to all.