Tony Award Winning Choreographer Bill T. Jones Discusses Race, Aging, and Sexuality with T Magazine
Today, June 6th, T Magazine released a feature on Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones. Jones won a Tony Award in 2007 for Best Choreography of Spring Awakening, and again in 2010 for Fela! In the interview, he discusses a wide range of topics, including race, aging, and sexuality.
In reaction to past responses to his work, Jones said, "Quite frankly, you - usually it's white people - have a lot of problems actually looking at me, at who I really am. And I am now giving you permission to do so. I am going to move; I am going to gesture; I'm going to be speaking in a way that's very personal, and yet I'm going to be dancing in another way, and you will be obliged to decide how to process it all and make it into a thing which you and I agree is supposed to be happening here: an artistic event is supposed to be happening here."
Jones went on to define what dance as an art form means to him. "Dance is supposed to transcend language," he said. "Dance is supposed to be universal language. When I move my arm, we all have an arm: We can feel this. When I run, we can all feel it."
Click here to read the full interview, and watch the feature below!