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Bill T. Jones

“An improviser by nature, Jones creates most of his work through the natural impetus of his own body, generating movement that is fluidly seductive, athletically vigorous, and dramatically powerful.”–Christian Science Monitor

Renowned for creating emotionally resonant works that bridge personal and social concerns, dance icon Bill T. Jones presents the world premiere of his new solo evening. Lord Buckley—commissioned by the Walker to inaugurate the new McGuire Theater and celebrate its decades-long relationship with Jones—was named for the legendary 1950s performance/jazz artist whose exuberant rhyming style is viewed by many as an influential precursor to today’s rappers. A response to Buckley’s be-bop monologue/rap The Nazz (about the life of Jesus of Nazareth), Jones’ movement reflects Beat-era jargon and the extravagant twists and hyper-hip rhythms that popularized Buckley’s signature sound and unique combination of storytelling and comedy.

This unforgettable performance experience, which includes a mix of transitional music, text, and media elements, also features the acclaimed Chaconne, a work set to Bach’s haunting D-minor Partita for Solo Violin performed live by Minnesota Orchestra violinist Helen Chang; and 22, which revisits Jones’ whimsical 1983 talking solo, 21, accompanied live by Daniel Bernard Roumain. Consisting of 22 separate movement gestures, this solo piece is in stark contrast to its predecessor, interweaving a dark folktale with the harsh desperation of the Rwandan conflict.