US dancer and choreographer. He was a photographer when he met Bill T. Jones and with him formed the American Dance Asylum, a collective based in Binghamton, New York (1974–6). In 1982, after touring as a duo, they formed the company Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Dancers. Zane's stage partnership with Jones relied for effect on their striking physical contrast: Zane was short and white, and moved with an agitated energy; Jones was tall and black, and moved with a generous grace. Their duets, influenced by Jones's studies of Contact Improvisation, were athletic and to some extent autobiographical (they were partners off stage as well), and their work explored a wide range of issues, including racism, sexism, and religion. Among their creations were Monkey Run Road, Blauvelt Mountain (both 1979), Valley Cottage (1980), and Secret Pastures (1984). Zane and Jones also collaborated on Ritual Ruckus (How to Walk an Elephant) for the Ailey company in 1985. Following Zane's premature death from an Aids-related illness, Jones continued to run their company.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Dance in Oxford Reference.