Bill T. Jones considers “What is a life well-lived?” in his powerful ‘Analogy’ trilogy
If you’ve been following the Bill T. Jones’ trilogy, you’re likely hooked on its evocative content, contemplative storytelling and arresting movement.
Are you familiar with the upcoming World Premiere by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company? He could have gone anywhere in the world, but instead, Bill T. Jones and his company are returning to Jackson to perform the 3rd part of his Analogy trilogy, Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant.
The trilogy brings into light the different types of wars we fight, and, in particular, the battles within ourselves.
In 2015, you met Dora. A French Jewish nurse during WWII
Inspired by a deeply emotional and touching story of 95-year old Dora Amelan (Jones’ mother-in-law), Jones went to work chronicling her early life in Analogy/Dora. The narrative follows her early life in Belguim, her mother’s death as the Germans marched, and her humanitarian work in internment camps. Members of the Company took turns relaying Amelan’s harrowing account of her own bravery as dancers moved around them emphasizing the emotions. A piece revealing what it really means to preserve and survive.
In 2016, you met Lance. “Pretty-boy gangster thug” during the 80’s and 90’s
Analogy/Lance tells the story of a young man (Jones’ nephew) and his battles with drugs, and excess, exposing the audience to a different type of war. The nightlife and underworld of the 80’s and 90’s with club culture and the sex trade led to some prison time, giving him the name “pretty-boy gangster thug”, before his road to recovery began. The story is a tragedy atop humorous narrative emphasizing his own uncertain future.
Next weekend, meet Ambros. A German valet and servant to a young Jewish man during World War I
The final installment of the trilogy, Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant, was inspired by Jones’ re-reading “The Emigrants”, a celebrated historical novel by W.G. Sebald. The narrative follows Ambros Adelwarth, a German valet and manservant who serves as companion to a young, priveleged, and dissipated Jewish scion. Ambros’ story unfolds through his work experience in hotels, glamorous travel with his charge Cosmo through Europe and the Middle East on the eve of World War I, and life after Cosmo’s death.
Each work in Jones’ trilogy explores the human story through dance, theatre and the spoken word and while wildly different, all three ruminate on the nature of service, duty and the question of what is a life well-lived.
Continue the story and see the WORLD PREMIERE of Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant July 21st and 22nd at 8PM.
The Center Theater