"(Jones') gifts...compelling storytelling and pure-dance interludes of slippery and often deeply romantic choreography."
-The Washington Post
January 21 & 28 • 8:00pm
January 22 & 29 • 3:00pm
January 26 & 27 • 7:30pm
Alexander Kasser Theater
Conceived and Directed by Bill T. Jones
Choreographed by Bill T. Jones with Janet Wong
and members of the Company
Music by Ted Coffey
Text by Bill T. Jones
Décor by Bjorn Amelan
Lighting Design by Robert Wierzel
Costume Design by Liz Prince
Director and choreographer Bill T. Jones whose major honors include a MacArthur "Genius" Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and two Tony Awards for Best Choreography returns to the stage in a spellbinding new work. Story/Time finds Jones engaging in the beloved form of storytelling, offering glancing takes on ideas, feelings and impressions from his life. Inspired by John Cage's Indeterminacy, a performance of ninety one-minute stories, Jones creates a landscape of dance, music, and his own stories, arranged by chance procedure.
In previously celebrated works such as A Quarreling Pair and Blind Date, the brilliance of Bill T. Jones has deeply moved audiences and critics alike. He is an undeniably titanic force in the world of dance. In this exclusive world premiere, Jones joins his diverse company of dancers in a rare appearance that is not to be missed. Story/Time will be both a personal look at the life of an American master and a challenging exploration of the form of dance.
Tweet YOUR Story! Story/Time brings together 70 one-minute stories from Bill's life moments that moved him, people who inspired him, places and journeys that were important to him. Help us tell YOUR stories: share your memories on Twitter using the tag #storytimeMSU to tell a 140-character story of your own. Our audience's own version of Story/Time will scroll continuously in our lobby during the run of the show! Click here to visit the live feed!
Co-commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ) and the Walker Art Center. Developed in residence at Arizona University Gammage Auditorium, Bard College, Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, the University of Virginia, and the Walker Art Center. Funded in part by the National Dance Project (NDP) of the New England Foundation for the ARts. NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.