Jones’ summer began in earnest last month at the Tony Awards, where he won the Best Choreography award for “Fela!,” the musical based on the life and music of legendary Nigerian Afrobeat musician and activist Fela Kuti. It was Jones’ second Tony and one of three Tonys won by the production, which Jones also directed.
Then earlier this month, the charismatic 58-year-old choreographer brought his most adventurous work, “Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray,” to NYC as the dance centerpiece of the Lincoln Center Festival. The evening-length work that explores the history, legend and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
We’ll admit that we don’t know a whole lot about dance, but we have no doubt that Bill T. Jones is a certified genius.
The multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer has been named the eighth McCormack Visiting Artist-Scholar, and Jones is bringing members of his ensemble the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will be in residency at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs this week.
Bill T. Jones will offer a talk at 8pm tonight (Monday, October 26) in the Gannett Auditorium on the Saratoga Springs campus. His talk will be illustrated with video clips and followed by a question-and-answer session.
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