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Bill T. Jones, Curriculum
March 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bill T. Jones presents Curriculum, a shared exploration in going back to school; a study on how history provides perspective to contemporary conversations: what it means to be a global citizen, issues of public and private identity, inclusion, morality, consciousness, and the anxieties of our era. Curriculum takes us back to the past in order to return to form, which has been lost in the race to infuse art with political content.
This work is intended to be received as a process; the cast and musical elements are interchangeable, often chosen by indeterminate means. The adventure for Jones is providing an opportunity for the audience to watch formality unfold, while finding a way to be direct about how this formal language of movement must share other conversations between and around this ensemble of performers. It is Jones’s hope that the work be a teaching tool for himself and his ensemble about the nature of movement through generations of bodies; that they discover the necessary knowledge we need at this time to live in this world. What is the curriculum for the well-informed free person?
BILL T. JONES
A multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director, and writer, Bill T. Jones has received major honors from the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award and the National Medal of Arts, to a MacArthur Fellowship and Kennedy Center Honors. Jones was honored with the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, recognized as Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009, and named “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure” by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. His ventures into Broadway theater resulted in a Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed FELA!, which was co-conceived, co-written, directed, and choreographed by Jones. He also earned a Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening and an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of The Seven earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award.