Bill T. Jones Last Night on Earth

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Last Night on Earth

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In a work that is part memoir, part meditation, and part performance, "today's most daring choreographer" (NEWSWEEK) charts his dance's origins and development in the context of his remarkable life. "A breathtaking accomplishment. To the extent that any words can convey the experience of dance, Jones does so here, eloquently and with disarming honesty."SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. Illustrated throughout.

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This autobiography takes its title from a recent work by Jones, an artist Time magazine has called "the most versatile and inventive of America's black choreographers" (October 10, 1994). More recently, his "Still/Here," an evening-length work consisting of dance, vocals, and video images partially derived from "survival workshops" that Jones conducted with groups of terminally ill people, became the focal point of a critical New Yorker essay about "victim art." None of this acclaim, controversy, and confrontation is new to Jones; many of his works include autobiographical elements, often quite frank. Jones's performing ethos centers around depicting moral issues and social ills as well as a sense of redemption and spiritual growth. This book is like one of those performances: Jones is the focal point, and he writes about the most personal details and experiences. In a recent New York Time Magazine feature, Elizabeth Kaye described "Jones's confrontational attitude toward an audience that he is determined to captivate, educate, agitate, trouble, bond with, and incense" (March 6, 1994). He displays that same attitude toward the reader of his autobiography. Recommended for dance and gay studies collections. (Photos not seen.)?Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
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Jones' success as a choreographer has been based in equal parts on adversity and talent. A gay, HIV-positive African American artist, Jones is, inevitably, at odds with the status quo and was a high-profile, meaningfully controversial choreographer long before the now notorious review of his multimedia piece about AIDS and premature death, "Still/Here," by New Yorker critic Arlene Croce and the critical conflagration it ignited. Given all that, it's especially gratifying and illuminating to have Jones tell his life story and discuss his work. His eloquence comes as no surprise, nor does his candor. As Jones writes about his youth in Georgia and New York State, he reveals the roots of his affinity for beauty, his physicality, and his anger. Jones found dance at the same time he acknowledged his homosexuality. Shortly thereafter, he fell in love with his partner of 17 years, the late dancer Arnie Zane. Jones describes their tempestuous relationship and fertile artistic collaboration with zest and sorrow. In sum, this cathartic narrative articulates Jones' artistic intent and commitment to expression, thus deepening our appreciation for his challenging creations. Donna Seaman

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