A letter, a dance, and the stage has become the heterotopia.
Amidst the smoke, violent street battles in the U.S., desperate immigrants rushing towards freedom in Europe are presented over the image of a hospital bed untethered from reality.
It is on that hospital bed where Bill T. Jones’ nephew lays. Jones’ words to his nephew will come alive in the form of a letter on stage, retrieving this private story from his memory and injecting into the dancers’ bodies with a delirious mixture of pop music, lullabies and more. On the stage, he leaves a letter to his nephew:
“Dear nephew, we are premiering a piece based on your life, peering into it as through an immense fog. ”
Famous for integrating dance vocabulary and visual installation, productions by the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company are hailed as the perfect combination of dancing and stage performance. Jones himself has been awarded several New York Dance and Performance Awards (“The Bessie”, dubbed as the “Oscar in dance”). This year’s Macao Arts Festival, with dance movements as a pen, he is going to send you a letter of life that is touching and compelling.
Duration: approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, no interval
Choreography: Bill T. Jones with Janet Wong and the company
Video Design: Janet Wong
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Costume Design: Liz Prince
Decor Design: Bjorn Amelan
Sound Design: Sam Crawford
Musicians: Nick Hallett, Matthew Gamble and Tony Monkey (DJ)
Dancers: Antonio Brown, Rena Butler, Vinson Fraley, Talli Jackson, Shane Larson, I-Ling Liu, Jenna Riegel, Christina Robson and Carlo Antonio Villanueva