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“Bill T. Jones, the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant and winner of two Tony Awards, has been named “an irreplaceable treasure” by the The Dance Heritage Coalition. Above all, he is a socially conscious choreographer who never shies away from controversy — tackling thorny subjects such as race and politics with elegance and intelligence, artistry and originality.
Watch the full documentary, Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, detailing his creative process creating the work Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray.”
What I found particularly striking about this film was how human and how familiar Jones’ creative process was. It was inspiring and, in many way, comforting to see such a celebrated dancer and choreographer struggle to bring his vision to life. It’s a wonderful reminder of the common path that artists of every kind are travel–that the work we strive to create is rarely easy, but it is always worth it in the end.
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