Jones presents body of evidence
Princeton NJ -- Modern dancer and choreographer Bill T.
Jones uses body movement to address a range of issues and
emotions -- from the politics of race relations and
sexuality to the primal urges of love, anger and death.
Bill T. Jones
Jones and his late partner, Arnie Zane, founded the Bill
T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982. "Blauvelt
Mountain," the first duet the two performed in 1979,
explored contact improvisation, a form of dancing where
movement is motivated by the action and reaction of the
dancers to each other's bodies.
Following Zane's death in 1988, Jones created
"Still/Here" (1994), a piece about death and dying that drew
its material from the movements of terminally-ill
"Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land" (1990)
offers a poignant and beautifully lyrical portrayal of
Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," yet
shocked some audiences with its use of nudity.
Bill T. Jones will speak on "The Body: A
Gateway and Two Doors" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April
12, in Helm Auditorium, McCosh 50. The free event
is the J. Edward Farnum Lecture and is part of the
Public Lectures Series.
Jones, who has experienced his share of controversy, also
has won numerous accolades for his work. In 1994, he
received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." He has
earned several Choreographic Fellowships from the National
Endowment of the Arts and two New York Dance and Performance
Awards for the company's 1986 Joyce Theater season and for
his work, "D-Man in the Waters."
"One of the questions driving my work for the past 12
years has been that, 'I know we're quite different, but what
do we have in common as a people? A culture? How can we see
past superficial differences?'" Jones said in a recent
The company currently is touring "You Walk?" throughout the
United States and abroad. The work, which includes elements
of medieval Spanish dances, African movement, martial arts
and gymnastics, explores the roots of displacement and
"I see a true dialectic taking place between what I have
learned from formal education and reading, and that stuff,
that intimate stuff -- family, lore, language -- a constant
back and forth between the two. It is the primary dialect
between my life: to integrate a fragmented self,
disenfranchised from an identity and a particular society,
where everyone was disenfranchised from their past, from
their family. The question of identity, the burden of
identity, rests heavily on me," Jones said.
April 9, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 23
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