African Americans in the LGBT Community
Bill T. Jones (1952– ), (Standford University, photo by Stephanie Berger)
Bill T. Jones is one of the foremost choreographers and dancers in the world. In 1982, he co-founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie
Zane Dance Company with his late partner Arnie Zane. Since then, Jones has choreographed numerous acclaimed solos, duets, and evening length
works, and has collaborated also with many artists ranging from the Jazz drummer Max Roach to the Pop artist Keith Haring. Jones's
choreographies transgress the boundaries of traditional and avant-garde dance, and works like Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The
Promise Land (1990), Still/Here (1994), Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray (2009) are imbued with a powerful social and political import.
He choreographed also the critically-acclaimed musical, FELA!, for which he received a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography. He has
received several prestigious awards for his work, including a MacArthur "Genius" Award, an Obie Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and the
National Medal of the Arts.