This preview is provided by the American Dance Festival.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company presents the second part of Analogy: A Trilogy developed by Bill T. Jones with Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong. In this ADF commissioned world premiere work, Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka the Escape Artist, we meet Lance, whose battles with his own personal demons of drugs and excess expose us to another type of war. It was the battlefield of the nightlife and underworld of the late 80s and early 90s club culture and sex trade. This “pretty boy-gangster thug,” a name he acquired in prison, holds steadfast to his often tragic and sometimes outrageously humorous narrative, while facing an uncertain future.

Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants, Jones continues his exploration of how text, storytelling, and movement pull and push against each other and how another experience can be had through the combination and recombination of these elements. All three stories in the trilogy, while wildly different, ruminate on the nature of service, duty, and the question of what is a life well lived.

Program contains adult content, language, and partial nudity.

Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance. Additional support provided by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

“The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company stands in solidarity with the American Dance Festival, the transgender community, the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration against the discriminating HB2 legislation. We WILL perform at the festival this summer, premiering our latest work Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist. We attempt to give meaning and purpose to a ravaged life through this work. In art we can do the impossible so that in life we can hope. And we hope that the quest for transgender equality will bring us a step closer to equal rights for all. The road ahead is long. Let’s get to work.” – New York Live Arts and the Board of Trustees


Durham Performing Arts Center
Friday, July 1 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 2 at 7:00pm