Bill T. Jones and Dance Theater Workshop Merging To Survive

04/05/2010 12:11 PM |

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Two of New York City’s longest-running and most storied modern dance organizations, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Chelsea’s Dance Theater Workshop are in final talks for a merger, according to Crain’s New York. Though Bill T. Jones is doing just fine from choreography on the two major Broadway hits Spring Awakening and Fela!, his 25-year-old company is less financially secure.

The 45-year-old DTW, meanwhile, since moving into its new state-of-the-art space on West 19th Street (pictured) in 2002, has gone into quite a bit of debt, estimated last year at around $4.2 million. The merger is expected to make both more secure in the always insecure business of modern dance, and would provide a downtown base for Jones’ company, which is currently located in Harlem. Back in December, another of New York’s oldest modern dance institutions, the Joyce Theater, took over a space vacated when the New Dance Group folded. (Playgoer)