BILL T. JONES: Dancing to the Promised Land

 
9780803022225: BILL T. JONES: Dancing to the Promised Land
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Bill T. Jones is one of the most powerful forces in the world of Modern Dance and Ballet. Built around the creation and performance of his epic masterpiece, Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin / The Promised Land, this film, entitled Bill T. Jones: Dancing to the Promised Land, guides us through the life, work, and creative process of Jones and the extraordinary Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Choreographer Bill T. Jones himself is our charismatic host for this BBC Produced Documentary Film, offering penetrating insight into his dance style and the masterpiece that confronts some of the most sensitive and provocative issues of our time: Race, Faith, Gender and Sexuality. His influences include Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham and Jose Limon, but his uniquely fresh style is applauded for creating provocative, contemporary Modern Dance classics known for their energy, innovative partnering, and technical virtuosity.

Noted by Billboard Magazine as Poignant on several levels... A fascinating study of art, philosophy, and politics, this DVD, Bill T. Jones: Dancing to the Promised Land, creates a mesmerizing portrait of both the personal life and creative process of the contemporary legend that New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff hails as among the best in American Modern Dance.

DVD Bonus Features:
Bill T. Jones Biography
Bill T. Jones Awards and Honors
Dance Company Photo Gallery
Bill T. Jones Body of Work
Bonus Music (4 songs by Uli Lenz, T.K. Blue, Reggie Workman and David Lahm)
Instant Access to Scene Selections
Digital Dolby Stereo Audio
Digitally Mastered Audio and Video

THIS PROGRAM CONTAINS NUDITY. Viewer Discretion Advised

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Review:

The kind of performance documentary that works like a charm --The New York Times

More then just a dance performance, the video is also a paean to Jones, his creative process, and Zane... infused with the charismatic charge of Jones's dancing and narration... an informative and insular look at what has become Jones's signature work. --Camille LeFevre, City Pages

...this engrossing (film) will surely make the viewer hungry to see live performance... recommended for all --Library Journal

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