Conversation with young musical theatre makers

Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones, Dutch National Opera

3 PM

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Bill T. Jones likes to make work about real people, dancers and non-dancers. For instance, he made the show Still/Here with and about seriously ill people in 1994. He organised workshops in ten American cities in which they openly talked about their life-threatening conditions. For his latest project, Deep Blue Sea, Jones decided to work with a hundred people from the local community. This masterclass gives insight into his working process. How does Jones work with people unaccustomed to being onstage, let alone to dancing? And where does he find these people? How does he ensure this large group of disparate individuals forms a harmonious whole in the end? How does he arrive at a resounding ‘we’ from all these separate ‘I’s?’

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