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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company celebrates its 20th anniversary beginning Feb. 3 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a rare look back consisting of four repertory works and three New York premieres, including a new solo performed by Jones, "Chaconne."

This dance company is making its seventh appearance at BAM, where it all began in 1982 with the world premiere of "Intuitive Momentum," a collaboration with jazz drummer Max Roach at the BAM Next Wave: New Masters Series.

Among the premieres in program A, on Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm, is "Reading, Mercy and The Artificial Nigger," (based on Flannery O’Connor’s 1955 short story "The Artificial Nigger") which includes O’Connor’s text read aloud by Susan Sarandon as well as piano, strings and electronic score by Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Program B’s repertory lineup will include "The Gift/No God Logic," on Feb. 5 at 7:30 pm, with the company joined by former members Arthur Aviles, Sean Curran and Heidi Latsky - the work’s original performers. The Feb. 5 performance will also feature special musical guests Cassandra Wilson, Vernon Reid and DJ Spooky.

There will be an additional performance of premieres on Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm and more repertory works will be performed Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm.

A BAMdialogue with Bill T. Jones, his collaborators and company members - free with that evening’s performance ticket - follows the Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 shows.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is located at 30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene. Tickets are $25 and $50. For tickets, call (718) 636-4100 or visit

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