Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones
ÏLithe, exquisite, athletic bodies hurl through space and evolve like sculpture.ÓÛNew York Post
Remarkable grace and potent artistry. Powerful choreography linked to poetic themes and striking insights. This is what youÌve come to cheer as youÌve witnessed the evolution of Bill T. JonesÌs dance career at the Wexner Center.
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns with the artistÌs latest full-evening work. You Walk? spans oceans and historical epochs, evoking the cross-pollination of cultures between Europe, Africa, and the New WorldÛand the age-old need for a sense of place and identity amid tides of change. Music guides JonesÌs odyssey: Portuguese fado, Gregorian chants, haunting songs from the Amazon and Africa, Mozart, the blues, and opera all enrich the sonic tapestry. History foreshadows things to come, as futuristic images created by digital media designers Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar enliven the action on stage.
Here is Bill T. JonesÌs reflection on You Walk?:
ÏYou Walk? grapples with the sobering reality that when cultures come into contact with each other, inevitably something dies and something is born. Transformation is the only constant. This meeting of cultures producesÛamong other thingsÛa by-product, ephemeral, barely detectable save through the agency of poetry and art. I would call it the aura of longing. The creation of beauty or art out of the greatest of tragedies is in some manner the only way we can bear history.Ó
Presented in association with the King Arts Complex.
$32 students (tickets required)
$26 students (tickets required)
Lead support for the 2001-02 performing arts season is provided by AT&T and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Major season support is provided by Philip Morris Companies Inc.
Additional season support is provided by the Ohio Arts Council and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.
Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Philip Morris Companies Inc.
Presented at the Wexner Center with support from the Philip Morris Companies Inc. and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Promotional support provided by WBNS 10TV and WCBE, 90.5 FM.