Jones presents body of evidence

 

Bill T. Jones


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.

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 people.


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.


 

"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.

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 interview.

 

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 loneliness.

"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.
 


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April 9, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 23
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Unsealed records reveal more of Lindbergh's views
Shapiros' gift endows academic achievement award
Shapiro urges support for stem cell research
Study advances memory theory
Book explores war crimes tribunals

People
Walk to lead writing program
Two compelled to fight AIDS in South Africa
Jones presents body of evidence
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