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Story/Time chapter 1 Story/Time , meaning Story/Time , genre Story/Time , book cover Story/Time , flies Story/Time , Story/Time be2b9e3eae7a3 In This Ceaselessly Questioning Book, Acclaimed African American Dancer, Choreographer, And Director Bill T Jones Reflects On His Art And Life As He Describes The Genesis Of Story Time, A Recent Dance Work Produced By His Company And Inspired By The Modernist Composer And Performer John Cage Presenting Personally Revealing Stories, Richly Illustrated With Striking Color Photographs Of The Work S Original Stage Production, And Featuring A Beautiful, Large Format Design, The Book Is A Work Of Art In ItselfLike The Dance Work, Story Time The Book Is Filled With Telling Vignettes About Jones S Childhood As Part Of A Large, Poor, Southern Family That Migrated To Upstate New York About His Struggles To Find A Place For Himself In A White Dominated Dance World And About His Encounters With Notable Artists And Musicians In Particular, Jones Examines His Ambivalent Attraction To Avant Garde Modernism, Which He Finds Liberating But Also Limiting In Its Disregard For Audience Response As He Strives To Make His Work Personal And Broadly Engaging, Especially To An Elusive African American Audience, Jones Who Is Still Drawn To The Avant Garde Wrestles With Questions Of How An Artist Can Remain True To Himself While Still Caring About The Popular Reception Of His WorkA Provocative Meditation On The Demands And Rewards Of Artistic Creation, Story Time Is An Inspiring And Enlightening Portrait Of The Life And Work Of One Of The Great Artists Of Our Time


10 thoughts on “Story/Time

  1. says:

    Story Time is very much a thinking book It s a performance in written form with than a nod to John Cage but it s done in such a way that you can really see all the thought that s gone into it.Although this isn t a memoir or autobiography or anything like that, Jones s background as a performer not just a dancer really comes through here The book is very thoughtful in terms of arrangement it s not so much a book to read as it is one to experience It s taken me almost a month to sit down to write a review of it, mostly because it the book gave me so much to think about Two impressions stayed with me after the performance the first was just how bewildering the event had been, and the second was a realization that I had been bored and yet could not stop thinking about the event for days after The event taught me that boredom is not a problem in and of itself. 2 I don t want to quote from the middle section of the book, the stories, because ideally they should really be experienced as they re written, with visual cues for timing and the like And I certainly wasn t bored reading those stories, or this book as a whole But I loved that thought not from that middle section, and therefore quotable here , and in some ways it seems to sum up Story Time You might like the stories, you might not you might like the structure, you might not if they make you think, they ve done their job.I m interested, too, in the randomised arrangement of the stories It s the same format Jones uses in the performance of the work onstage, but using it in a book speaks to confidence in the work in a way that performing in the same way does not The stage is ephemeral if a particular arrangement doesn t go well, if someone flubs their lines or misses steps, there s always the next performance In a book it s rigid, permanent But it does work here, which says to me that a lot of work went into the creation of the stories and the timing and how they can be pieced together.Again, I won t quote from the stories themselves, but my favourites were 155 Small boys thinking and 90A March 23, 2011 Things to think about I received a free copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway.


  2. says:

    Bill T Jones is an iconic figure in the dance world I find him especially impressive given his humble beginnings in the south plus the added layer of him navigating the white avant guarde being both black and queer This book gave me a lot of respect for his work because it s clear that everything he does is completely intentional and well thought through conceptually Movement as a medium expands beyond being simply form I love the way he grapples with his existence in both this elite art world as well as his home community and discusses how he tries to make his work accessible while remaining true to his vision His little minute stories captured the biggest questions and most special moments in a way that wasn t overly cheesy or dramatic Also, this book was heavily inspired by John Cage, a music composer and theorist, whose excerpts I also really enjoyed reading Happy I requested this be ordered to the CL notes quotes boredom is not a problem in itself art is an exercise in perception Discourse expands art practice into something broader, democratic a participation in the world of ideas there is value in the idea of a true and authentic self freedom is the permission to be individual and individuity is the opposite of equality do I get involved with those I agree with or those that make me uneasy Two Bears by Hafiz There must be a million things Where Everywhere I m not into nostalgia You will be You were thinking about yourself while watching my work Michel Auderas if only a few can crack the code of a new art form making dance, making art, became a language and a model of understanding the world and my place in it a negotiation with the world, and perhaps even a weapon against it


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