Community members appear with Bill T. Jones

‘Carte Blanche’ coming to FirstWorks


FirstWorks  adds another bee to its bonnet with last week’s performance of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s new work, “What Problem?”  before a near-capacity audience at Vets.

FirstWorks teamed with Brown Arts to present this moving production which involved integrating 20 community members into the modern dance.

Hundreds of young school children filled the balcony and second balcony seats, while we older folks occupied the lower level. (The kids had the prime seats for viewing the dance movements.)

Jones narrated the piece, which explored his own background and that of the character Pip in “Moby Dick,” covering issues of loneliness, isolation, and community.

The loudest applause came from the upper seats, and perhaps there was a young Black boy watching who thought, “gee, I would love to do that” and another Bill T. Jones will emerge.

Jones led a discussion of the piece  following its powerful conclusion.

Montreal Ice Dancing Company

Le Patin Libre, (French for Free Skate, the innovative Montreal Ice Dancing company, will present “Carte Blanche” at the Providence Ice Skating Rink in Kennedy Plaza on Dec. 1 at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. as part of FirstWorks community outreach. Admission is free.


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