Free Film Screenings to Prepare Way for Residency of Dance Artist Bill T. Jones

October 21, 2008

October 27, 2008 — Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones will come to the University of Virginia for a one-week residency next month during which he will share his creative process as he develops a major new work.

To set the tone for Jones' visit, the U.Va. Library and the Piedmont Virginia Community College Dance Club will host free public screenings of the film, "Bill T. Jones: Still/Here," an introduction to Jones and his process of incorporating gesture and movement from dancers and non-dancers alike in his choreography. 

The first screening was held on Oct. 23 at the Piedmont Virginia Community College Black Box, and the second one will be held on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the South Meeting Room in U.Va.'s Newcomb Hall.

In the film, which includes interviews with journalist Bill Moyers, Jones leads viewers on a journey of self-reflection as he creatively articulates his life story through dance.

Jones is co-founder and artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, recently commissioned to create a piece commemorating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The piece, with the working title of "A Good Man," will premiere in Chicago in September 2009. Jones' U.Va. residency  — including on-site dance classes, lectures, demos and student-driven projects — will aid in developing the new work.

— By Jane Ford