Segments in this Video

AIDS Diagnosis (04:17)


Arnie Zane recalls learning of his illness, and discusses his resolution to fight to live. Bill T. Jones distinguishes vulnerability from weakness and sees health as an activity they engage in together. Zane hopes his life will inspire others.

Meeting Arnie Zane (02:15)

Jones describes meeting Zane in 1971 at SUNY in Binghamton. Zane only started dancing at Jones' insistence; Jones recalls Zane's first piece of choreography.

Forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (02:08)

Jones discusses the American Dance Asylum, the trilogy of duets with Zane that gained press attention, and bringing in other dancers. They toured internationally, collaborated with New York arts organizations, and choreographed site specific works.

Revolutionary Partnership (02:40)

Jones says Zane impacted his views on art, gender, race, human relationships, and reality. He became more sensitive to Zane's character and qualities since Zane became ill. He understands competition as a dynamic force in their relationship.

Personal Impact of AIDS (01:43)

Jones felt frightened, angry and helpless when he learned of Zane's diagnosis; he believed that they would somehow overcome the disease. He plans to continue the company in Zane's absence.

Going Public (04:29)

Jones shares his concerns about a potential backlash from Zane's AIDS diagnosis; he agreed to do the interview to support Zane. He and Zane hope to alter the social stigma around AIDS and gain political support for HIV patients.

"21 Supported Positions" (04:48)

Jones discusses a piece he and Zane choreographed for the Dance Critics Association. Zane explains his initial discomfort with a pose symbolizing vulnerability. The work illustrates the foundation of their dance partnership and shows the world they are still creating.

AIDS and the Arts (02:54)

AIDS is disproportionately impacting gay men in the New York art world, and forcing dance companies to acknowledge homosexuality among members. It is cutting short promising careers and impacting self-esteem and empowerment.

Immediate Future (02:20)

Zane lives one day at a time. Jones plans to stabilize their dance company, prepare for Zane's eventual death, and strengthen his own health as an HIV positive man. Zane died in March 1988, less than eight months after the interview.

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In July 1987, Joanna Simon of The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour interviewed Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, co-founders of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. They spoke about their careers as dancers, their personal relationship, and Zane's diagnosis with AIDS.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL142610

ISBN: 978-1-64198-447-8

Copyright date: ©1987

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