Characterization Of The Bill T. Jones Dance Company Perform Analogy / Dora

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Analogy/Dora: Tramontane On Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 8 pm, I had the honor of viewing the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company perform Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, at Lafayette College. It is hard for me to put this performance into words, because it was outstanding and complex, so my brain is still trying to process what it saw. Overall, the evening length piece was about a woman named Dora Amelan and her life experiences. Amelan was a French Jewish nurse and social worker that worked at an underground Jewish organization in Vichy France’s internment camps, Gurs and Rivesaltes. Jones was able to combine spoken word and movement to portray this story to a large number of people in audiences around the United States. This piece includes ten performers, eight being dancers and the other two musicians, who worked extremely well together (Performance program). The strong connection between each dancer and the musicians was present throughout the performance and did not go unnoticed. Based on the first quote listed in our syllabus by Kurt Jooss, “In an uninhibited body with free flow, there is a continuous relationship between the emotion and movement,” I do believe there is a connection between Jooss and Jones. In this performance, the emotions were coming through within the movement and mostly because of how invested the characters were. In general, the parts that caught my eye for aligning with this quote were the connections between the characters and their motifs. I…

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