Dance of the People

Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones

Public Television’s American Masters did it again with the riveting documentary: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man. Through the film, we follow Jones’s process to incorporate his childhood, artistic journey, personal feelings about Lincoln, and current emotional condition into a dance that ties together all of the right questions about race, art and politics of our day.

Jones was born in 1952. Also born in 1952 on Kibbutz Mizra, is Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company. He invented a movement language called Gaga that improves instinctive conscious and unconscious experiences of freedom and pleasure to music with oneself and with others.

Hora

Hora

A current example of Naharin’s work is: Hora. We all know the folk dance by the same name, but in this modern piece, Naharin invites the imagination to push beyond familiar with a playful attitude of curiosity to emphasize the freshness of every moment.

Kudos to two contemporaries producing remarkable visions of content and form in dance.



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