December 11, 2011 |
Bill T. Jones won his second Tony Award for choreographing "Fela!," a musical about the late Nigerian Afrobeat singer, composer and political activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Jones, 59, also cowrote the book and directed the high-energy show about the government's crackdown on his commune. "Fela!" comes to the Ahmanson Theatre on Tuesday and runs through Jan. 22, 2012. Were you familiar with Fela's music before this project? Yes, I was. Fela was very important to a lot of us in the '70s, maybe not as important as Bob Marley.
October 16, 2011 |
"It's about the loss of the voice of the people. It's about my father's memory, and my relationship with him. And listening to WAMO [a black radio station in Pittsburgh] growing up. " Contemporary choreographer Kyle Abraham is articulating the highly personal content he's woven into his award-winning, full-evening work, "The Radio Show. " His troupe of silken urban movers, Abraham.In.Motion, will perform the work at REDCAT this weekend in his California debut. The hip-hop love child of Martha Graham (he's part of a generation that has rediscovered floor work in choreography)
July 3, 2011 |
Bonnie Lewkowicz has been a professional dancer for more than 20 years. She has worked with Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode and other prominent modern dance choreographers. She's also paralyzed from the chest down. Needless to say, when she tells people what she does for a living, "it's still a conversation stopper. " "People will say, 'Oh, so you don't need to use your wheelchair all the time?' When someone with a disability says they dance, a pretty narrow image tends to come into people's heads," she says.
December 6, 2010 |
Who is the most influential world leader alive today? Chris Rock thinks he knows. On Sunday night, before a massive crowd at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the comedian gazed up into the balcony where the president sat with some very special guests. "It's amazing to look up and see the most powerful person in the world," said Rock, who was all dressed up in his black-tie best. "And she's sitting next to Barack Obama. " Up in the presidential box, Oprah Winfrey gazed down upon her fans, those loyal buyers of Oprah books and heeders of good bra advice, who paid as much as $5,000 per ticket to see her feted at the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors.
September 8, 2010 |
Paul McCartney may be in the running for his own parking space in the White House lot: He's being honored yet again in the nation's capital, along with TV host Oprah Winfrey, country music stalwart Merle Haggard, choreographer Bill T. Jones and veteran Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman , as a recipient of this year's Kennedy Center Honors. In June, McCartney performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama when he received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
October 8, 2009 |
Our new president's interest in the lore and legacy of Abraham Lincoln is not exactly a state secret. So when the most prominent and perennially controversial black choreographer on the planet makes a full-evening work about Honest Abe and the link between the dangerous turbulence of his time and ours, head for the storm cellar. Commissioned by the Ravinia Festival as part of its Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration, Bill T. Jones' "Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray" arrived at the Granada Theatre on Tuesday as part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures season.