© 2024 Blue Ridge Public Radio
Blue Ridge Mountains banner background
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

World Premiere of Dance Trilogy ‘Analogy’ Explores Trauma, Memory And War

Choreographer, director, dancer and writer, Bill T. Jones.
Bill T. Jones
Choreographer, director, dancer and writer, Bill T. Jones.
Choreographer, director, dancer and writer, Bill T. Jones.
Credit Bill T. Jones
Choreographer, director, dancer and writer, Bill T. Jones.

Legendary dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones was inspired to create his dance trilogy “Analogy” after reading W. G. Sebald’s novel “The Emigrants.” The book, like Jones’s resulting oeuvre, deals with issues of persecution, trauma, war and memory.

Guest host Anita Rao talks with Bill T. Jones about his inspiration for “Analogy: A Trilogy," and his process for creating avant-garde performance art.

Jones collected oral history from his mother-in-law for the first part, which tells her story of working as a nurse and social worker inVichyFrance during World War Two. Part two presents the story of Jones’s nephew Lance, who struggled to hold on to his identity and his life in the drug and sex-infused underworld of New York City’s1980sclub scene.

The third part, Ambros, is most closely linked to Sebald’s novel, representing the effects trauma can have on one’s psyche. Together, the three parts are “Analogy: A Trilogy.” Beginning with the first part, each part of the trilogy will be performed on subsequent evenings at the Durham Performing Arts Center onJuly 27, 28 and 29.

Guest host Anita Rao talks with Bill T. Jones about his inspiration for the piece and his process for creating avant-garde performance art.

Copyright 2017 North Carolina Public Radio

Jennifer Brookland is a temporary producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.