Story/Time: The Life of an Idea


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Princeton University Press
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10.23 X 7.97 X 0.79 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Bill T. Jones is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director. He is the artistic director, cofounder, and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and executive artistic director of New York Live Arts. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including Tony Awards for FELA! and Spring Awakening, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Jones the National Medal of Arts, the country's highest honor for achievement in the arts.


An experimental dancer/choreographer/performance artist improvises on the nature of story itself in a unique format. . . . A brave and often successful attempt to capture and display movement and intuition and the unspoken on the printed page.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Story/Time: The Life of an Idea, by the acclaimed dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, is an odd amalgam of texts. In the preface, Jones tells the reader that 'The object you are holding in your hands is conflicted. It is a performance yearning to be a document, a book. . . . It is the record of a needy, angry and confused man. The need is for a tradition, an intellectual home. The anger is generated from an ever-maturing realization that I never truly had an intellectual home and never will.' Throughout the book's three sections, this conflict between performance and document was both frustrating and riveting, and ultimately, satisfying.---Alexis Camins, "Kirkus Reviews"
Readers interested in the intersection of dance, performance art, and the world of ideas will gain insight and inspiration from this thoughtful and singular work.---Carolyn M. Mulac, Library Journal-- "Kirkus Reviews"
As a written document, this book is clearly organized, quickly read, and dense with musings that can be dissected by dancers and non-dancers alike. As a piece of art, it is both process and product in one. The engagement and participation of audience member might be enhanced if the book is read and discussed in a group setting, which makes me curious to see how it will fit with the live performance and how many people will pair the two. The experiment in creation, design and performance certainly poses many questions that, identifying as a dance artist, I found myself musing in the context of own work. Likewise, as an academic, I found I was concurrently dissecting the book for use in a future class. I found the 'provocation' of personal context and its link to the audience's experience of art particularly poignant.---Katie C. Sopoci Drake, 4Dancers-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Story/Time: The Life of an Idea is an ethereal memoir emblematic of this iconoclastic trailblazer's unpredictable approach to everything he does.---Kam Williams, "Kirkus Reviews"
One of The Skanner Newspaper's Ten Best Black Books of 2014-- "Kirkus Reviews"
With the book, Jones attempts to explore the vital nature of his stage production back to its origins. . . . Anyone who has seen Jones' work has likely felt the need to press the 'pause' button; it carries a hypnotic current, a sense of relentless forward movement. This book, then, provides an ideal counterpoint. It suspends time, allowing Jones' story and space to unfold.---Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune-- "Kirkus Reviews"