In a rare move, internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones presents his full company in a site-specific work created specially for Singapore. Ever generous and adventurous, Jones has agreed in this SIFA residency to collaborate with LASALLE College of the Arts dance students to create an integrated new work with his company called The Letter. A landmark full evening work yet to premiere in the United States, even though Jones has already created a version of The Letter in Paris in 2015.
A Letter/Singapore is an exciting work that brings together two impulses: the social/political and the deeply personal. With the dazzling combination of neoclassical gestures, sensuous disco physicality and passionate jive, the movements and gestures evoke a kind of postcard: a street-scene or a still from the evening news that superimposes violent street battles with street battles of civic unrest or a hospital bed untethered from reality.
Composer Nick Hallett, baritone Matthew Gamble and DJTonyMonkey will perform and mix live, a delirious spread of lullabies, rhythm and blues and house music. The eclectic sounds echo the fascinatingly varied dance styles and techniques performed by the stunning dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2016 residency was awarded to Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.