Last Night on Earth

Last Night on Earth

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
The internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer chronicles his life, the evolution of his art, and his professional and personal collaboration with Arnie Zane, who died of AIDS in 1988

Blackwell North Amer
Born in Bunnell, Florida, in 1952, the tenth of twelve children in a migrant worker's family, Bill T. Jones spent his early years traveling up and down the East Coast with his parents as they followed the crop seasons. In 1959 they settled in upstate New York, and it was there - singing rounds in dusty tractor yards and watching grown-ups from the shadows of the juke joint - that Jones began his life in dance.
Jones has continued to choreograph and dance, and in Last Night on Earth he documents the creation of several of his pieces, including Absence, Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land, Last Night on Earth, and Still/Here. Jones illuminates the process through which his work has become a way of expressing profound emotion; of exploring ideas around memory, sexuality, race, and mortality; of imposing order and beauty on chaos and despair. And in so doing, he shows dance to be not only a sequence of beautiful movements on a stage, but also an instrument of survival.

Baker
& Taylor

The personal story of Bill T. Jones describes his childhood as the tenth of twelve migrant farm children, his discovery of dance, his partnership with Arnie Zane, and his fight with AIDS. 30,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679439264
0679439269
Branch Call Number: 920 JONES, B.
Characteristics: x, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gillespie, Peggy

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