Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Co. - Michigan Opera Theatre

Overview

Founded in 1983, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is considered to be one of the most powerful influences in the dance-theater world. A Letter to My Nephew, Bill T. Jones’s latest dance-theater work, is an intimate, impressionistic collage for nine dancers, setting a portrait of Jones’s beloved nephew Lance T. Briggs — a talented dancer who struggled with illness and addiction.

Presented in partnership with University Musical Society

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Bill T. Jones, Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director
Music performed by Nick Hallett (music director/performer) and Matthew Gamble (baritone)
Production Staff: Hillery Makatura, Lauren Libretti, Veronica Falborn and Justin Johnson

Running time: 70 minutes with no intermission

Making A Letter to My Nephew

Composed like a series of postcards sent home, A Letter to My Nephew launches a swirl of images around Briggs––a vogue ball, a breathtaking vista, and a scene of forced migration––as he lies in a hospital bed. Flashing like a feverish hour of the evening news, this dramatic new work is an evocative and moving collage of imagery, movement, and sound.

Using conversations with his nephew, Jones is navigating familial relationships within the context of a larger socio-political history. Performed in Paris, Singapore, Boston, and Macau, each iteration serves as a snapshot of life in a specific place, incorporating references to local culture, customs and architecture as they relate to world events. Featuring Janet Wong’s haunting projections, composer Nick Hallett’s delirious score, and live performance by baritone Matthew Gamble and Hallett, Jones’ cultural critique is rewritten for the time and place of every performance, flashing by each night like a feverish hour of the evening news.

The Making of A Letter to My Nephew
How to weave the events of the present into a reflection on the past? How to honor the struggle of a particular loved one in the context of systemic racial and political violence?

Swirling through vogue balls, hospital rooms, and scenes of forced migration, Bill T. Jones’s latest work is an impressionistic collage that seeks answers to these unwieldy questions. Watch Jones and Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong open up about A Letter to My Nephew.

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Fast Facts

Bill T. Jones, Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director
Music performed by Nick Hallett (music director/performer) and Matthew Gamble (baritone)
Production Staff: Hillery Makatura, Lauren Libretti, Veronica Falborn and Justin Johnson

Running time: 70 minutes with no intermission

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