Bill T. Jones Combines Immersive Dance and Storytelling in Lance: Pretty

email Print Article AA At the age of 65, choreographer Bill T. Jones speaks about dance with intellectual curiosity and the confidence of experience. Since his beginning in New York’s experimental 1970s dance scene, he has earned a place in the high tiers of dance history. Now, as a mature artist with a full resumé, he is in position to look back, not only at his own career but also at the shape a life might take and how to tell it. This Saturday, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will bring a new work, Lance: Pretty AKA the Escape Artist , to Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center. Lance is an evening-length work from Jones’ latest project, the Analogy Trilogy. Each part of the trilogy tells the story of one individual, each from a different time and place. Two are based on people from his family circle, and the third portrays a fictional character from German writer W. G. Sebald’s The Emigrants , the 1992 novel that inspired the project. The Emigrants is, in essence, a fictional oral history told through multiple peoples’ viewpoints and a series of unlabeled photographs. As Jones describes it, “A young narrator is in search of […]

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