Bill T. Jones


We actually got an e-mail from the CFA about the Bill T. Jones dance event right when Wesleying first began, but it was somehow accidentally sent to our spam folder.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Another Evening
Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16, 8pm
CFA Theater
Pre-show talk before Friday’s performance, 7:15pm in the CFA Cinema
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 Seniors/Wesleyan Faculty & Staff/Non-Wesleyan Students, $8 Wesleyan Students

From the CFA events page:

Choreographer Bill T. Jones, famous for creating powerful works that fearlessly explore sexuality, race, politics, family and mortality, joins his company for Another Evening, an ever-evolving 90-minute collage interweaving new movement, excerpts from existing repertoire, original and traditional music and text into a vibrant multi-media work. Joining Jones and company members onstage is Daniel Bernard Roumain, who provides live music accompaniment and sound design through both acoustic and electronic violin, and a live DJ mix.

If you’re a frosh, you might recognize this guy: A DVD about him was sent to you in your orientation packet and he was the “common reading program” for this year’s First Year Matters.

I’m writing this post because one of my jobs is ushering at the CFA, and tonight I ushered the opening night of this event. It was absolutely amazing. And this is coming from someone who grimaces at most mention of modern dance.

If I had to characterize the experience, it would be something like the music of The Books, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Saul Williams set into human motion. There’s personal and historical narrative, news clips, readings from the Lotus Sutra, spoken word, the Old Testament, found sound bytes, live piano and violin, and a hardcore metal band (who, I might add, invited the entire audience to the afterparty during the Q&A), all woven seamlessly into an hour of energetic, fluid, primal, yet meticulously refined choreography. As one audience-member described during the post-show Q&A session, “It was like I was watching the beginning of time to its end and all the little times the world is destroyed in between.”

There’s just one more showing tomorrow, but this is one event for which it’s definitely worth it to go early and snatch up the last tickets. They will be selling standing room seats (which aren’t really standing; they put chairs in the back and in the sides of the theater) starting at 7:00PM tomorrow. After the show there’ll be a short Q&A with the entire dance company followed by a reception in the lower lobby.

DO try to go to this event! I know this is a super late notice, but it really was just beyond words.