Sculptor/Creative Director/Set Designer
Bjorn G. Amelan was the partner of the late fashion designer Patrick Kelly from 1983 until Mr. Kelly passed away on January 1, 1990. Mr. Amelan moved to the United States to begin his collaboration with Bill T. Jones in 1993. He has designed sets for the following works by Bill T. Jones: Green and Blue(1997) for the Lyon Opera Ballet; How! Do! We! Do! (1999) for Bill T. Jones and Jessye Norman, in conjunction with the Lincoln Center's Great Performers New Visions series; We Set Out Early... Visibility Was Poor (1997), The Breathing Show (1999), You Walk?(2000), The Table Project (2001), AnotherEvening (2002), Verbum (2002),WorldWithout/In (2002), Black Suzanne (2002), Reading, Mercy and The Artificial Nigger(2003), Mercy 10 x 8 on a Circle (2003), Chaconne (2003), and Blind Date (2005) for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Mr. Amelan is the recipient of a 2001 "Bessie" for his designs of The Breathing Show and The Table Project.
View samples of Bjorn G. Amelan's sculpture here.
Sam Crawford completed both his Associate of Science degree in Audio Technology and Bachelor of Arts in English at Indiana University in 2003. A move to New York City led him to Looking Glass Studios where he worked on film projects with Philip Glass and Björk. He currently lives in Jersey City where he works as a freelance live sound recording engineer.
Liz Prince has worked extensively with Bill T. Jones since 1990 designing for his company as well as his productions on: Boston Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Other work includes designing for: Doug Varone ( Doug Varone and Dancers, Jose Limon Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Trey McIntyre, Mark Dendy, Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project (Meg Stuart, Lucy Guerin), Tamar Rogoff (Claire Danes), PILOBOLUS, Neil Greenberg, Jane Comfort , Bebe Miller, Ralph Lemon, Arthur Aviles, Larry Goldhuber, David Dorfman and LAVA. Her costumes have been exhibited at: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art and Snug Harbor Cultural Center. She received a 1990 New York Dance and Performance Award for costume design.
Robert Wierzel has collaborated with Bill T. Jones and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for over ten years, on numerous projects including Still/Here and Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land; Dream on Monkey Mountain at The Guthrie Theater; as well as with the Boston Lyric Opera; Lyon Opera Ballet; the Welsh dance company, Diversions; London's Contemporary Dance Trust and the Deutsche Opera Berlin. Mr. Wierzel is the recipient of a 1993 New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design for his work with the Company. He has also worked with Philip Glass on 1000 Airplanes on the Roof and Hydrogen Jukebox, for which he is the 1991 recipient of the American Theater Wing Design Award; musicians Lou Reed and John Cale; The New York City Opera; The Houston Grand Opera; Glimmerglass Opera; the Canadian Opera; Seattle Opera; with choreographers Margo Sappington, Molissa Fenley and J. Fregalette-Jansen, and with artists Red Grooms and Robert Longo. Mr. Wierzel has his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Associate Artistic Director
Janet Wong was born in Hong Kong and trained in Hong Kong and London. Upon graduation she joined the Berlin Ballet where she first met Bill when he was invited to choreograph on the company. In 1993, she moved to New York to pursue other interests. Ms. Wong became rehearsal director of the company in 1996 and associate artistic director in August 2006.