‘What Problem’ will kick off must-see 50th season at Dancers’ Workshop – Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo.— Dancers’ workshop is delighted to welcome Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company return to Jackson Hole in March. After a week of residency rehearsals at the Dancers’ Workshop, Jones will present his latest work: “What Problem?

Jones, in addition to being recognized as a Macarthur Genius Fellow, has won two Tony Awards during his distinguished career in New York and received President Obama’s National Medal of Arts in 2013.

This performance – cultivated from a concept born during one of Jones’ previous visits to Jackson Hole – provokes the tension between belonging to a community and the sense of isolation that many feel in these times of division and uproar. Jones crafted this highly personal work in pursuit of the elusive ‘we’, including a group of local community members, a deconstructed text of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and the enduring speech by Herman Melville. Classic Moby-Dick.

During the week leading up to performances on March 18 and 19, Jones and company will work alongside twenty-five members of the Jackson community – who are not trained dancers – to develop unique, personal and inspirational content. local to weave throughout the performance. The overall concept reflects Dr. King’s immortal words, “We shall overcome…” mixed with the writing of democracy as formed and shaped by the nation’s founding documents.

“Our tradition is body expression,” Jones explained in a recent interview with Time magazine. “So you don’t have to know how to stretch or turn, but you have to be able to understand the physical problems and solve them. You have to be able to get up and get in and out of the floor, you have to be able to change the modalities of emotional expression. How does anger work? How does pure form work? There is a deep meaning to people lowering themselves to the ground and helping themselves up. The metaphors are there. But they must understand the technique from the inside. Even when it’s not perfect, it’s something. We call this milling. And that’s something profound to see.

“We are thrilled to present this challenging and deeply creative project,” said Babs Case, Artistic Director of Dancers’ Workshop. “Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is celebrated around the world for the voice it brings to today’s times. It is invaluable that they can work with our students and dancers here in Jackson Hole and incorporate the inspiration from our community members. In these dynamic and challenging times, this is a welcome opportunity to explore the true value and impact of connecting and expressing our experiences through movement.

“As we kick off our 50th anniversary season and celebrate this incredible milestone, What’s the Matter? is a perfect way to reflect on how our community is enriched through art and dance,” said Erin Roy, Executive Director of Dancers’ Workshop “We look back on half a century of infusing our community with movement and beauty, and opportunities like this remind us that this kind of exploration and communication is more important than ever.” For people of all ages, abilities and exposure to dance, Dancers’ Workshop adds depth to so many lives.

Tickets to the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performance of “What Problem?” will be on sale from February 17. Performances will take place at 6 p.m. on March 18 and 19, 2022, at Arts Center (240 S. Glenwood) in downtown Jackson Hole.