Posts Tagged ‘Bill T. Jones’

Openings: Jackson Pollock, Bill T. Jones, and an Updated Inferno

The much-anticipated "Angels, Demons, and Savages" opens Sunday at the Phillips Collection,. The show delves into the friendships between Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, art brut founder Jean Dubuffet, and the lesser-known artist and collector Alfonso Ossorio. All three had their share of trials, a fact this show celebrates rather than ignores. Read Jeffry Cudlin's preview in our Spring [...]

ToDo ToDay: Bill T. Jones, Speedy Stand-Up Comedy

Watching a dance performance from the lawn at Wolf Trap can be like looking at a painting from a mile away: Details of lines and phrasing disappear in the gulf between stage and grass. But once in a while a company comes along with a show that transcends the less-than-ideal conditions. “Story/Time” by the Bill [...]

Don’t Be Bored: You Made Me Boring

Late but essential! Good stuff going on tonight.
In 2011, you can find a lot of terrible music at the intersection of indie rock, detached hip-hop patois, and gleeful art-noise. EMA, aka Erika M. Anderson of the defunct noise-folk band Gowns, inhabits a similar headspace, but few recent albums sound as vital as her Past Life Martyred [...]

Why No African Musicians in Fela?

Like the Washington City Paper theater and dance critics who've seen Fela! during its ongoing run at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Harman Center, I found much to like about this musical bio of Nigeria’s most controversial musician. But I found one thing in the production a bit curious. While the actors and dancers all seemed to be of [...]

Fela!: A Musical That Actually Moves

Fela!, the Broadway musical about a prominent Nigerian musician created by a prominent U.S. choreographer, arrived at Sidney Harman Hall this week. Arts Desk theater critic Bob Mondello will have review next week. I’m just here to report that the dancing is, well, awesome.
The touring production is more than simply an evening’s entertainment, thanks to glorious [...]

Abraham Lincoln’s Life in Dance at the Kennedy Center Tonight and Tomrrow

Dance world titan Bill T. Jones is showing “Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray,” his ambitious evening-length piece about the life of Abraham Lincoln, at the Kennedy Center tonight.
The piece, which was commissioned by Illinois’ Ravinia Festival two years ago on the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, hasn’t gotten the most stellar reviews. Watchers have [...]

Mark Morris Dance Group at GMU Tonight and Tomorrow

A couple of years ago, the Kennedy Center’s president, Michael Kaiser, remarked in a Huffington Post blog piece about his worries for the future of modern dance.
“Virtually every great modern dance company was founded more than 40 years ago. Where is the current, not to mention next, generation of great modern dance companies to carry [...]