by Paula Citron.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Harbourfront Centre’s Worldstage
Choreographed by Bill T. Jones
Enwave Theatre until Saturday
Chapel/Chapter is New York choreographer Bill T. Jones’s latest work and it is 70 intense minutes long.
Three true stories anchor the piece – the random killing of a family, the death of a little girl by her father, and the suicide of a young boy. Jones’ storytelling method is multimedia – a cunning fusion of movement, music, text, lighting and video that exists in a space that is both a church and a prison yard at the same time.
Jones has been very careful to never allow the piece to become a melodrama.
The choreography is remarkable in the way it depicts images. While not graphically mirroring the text, the movement implies a state of mind.
Jones is steering us to the understanding that we belong to the community of humankind, and that we all have to take the responsibility for both the good and evil that happens in society.
Chapel/Chapter continues at the Enwave Theatre until Apr. 19.
(Photo Credit: Paul B. Goode)