Deep Blue Sea



Deep Blue Sea is a performance directed and performed by choreographer Bill T. Jones that premiered at Park Avenue Armory which revolves around the interplay of single and group identities. Jones, Janet Wong, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company conceived this highly personal work in pursuit of the elusive “we” during these fractious times through a cast of 100 dancers/community members, and a deconstructed text from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

Conceived for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Deep Blue Sea magnifies the vast space through a visual environment by DS+R in collaboration with Peter Nigrini. DS+R's design utilizes dynamic projections, supported by theatrical lighting. This non-traditional relationship between video and theatrical lighting transforms the entire stage into a large scale, immersive screen.

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Project information
Location         Park Avenue Armory, New York, United States
Partner-in-ChargeElizabeth Diller
TeamMatthew Johnson,Andreas Kostopoulos,Alex Knezo,and Kumar Atre
External credits
Bill T. JonesCreator and Director
Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, and the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company Choreography
Elizabeth Diller, DS+R and Peter Nigrini Visual Environment (Video Projection and Lighting Design)
Director Nick HallettComposer and Music
Hprizm aka High Priest, Rene Anakwe, and Holland AndrewsElectronic Score
Robert WierzelLighting Design
Mark GreySound Design
Liz PrinceCostume Design
Mark HairstonDramaturg
    Photography by Brett Beyer