The title of Bill T. Jones’ new work, “We Set Out Early . Visibility Was Poor,” may sound like a short story title, but the world dance premier performance holds epic possibilities.
The performance, which is approximately 75 minutes in length with no intermission, is comprised of three sections. “On the TS2,” set to Stravinsky’s musical suite “L’Histoire di Soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale), breaks away from Jones’ usual narrative style and utilizes abstract movement, which allows an open interpretation.
The dancing in “Cape Bardo” is combined with a video installation by Lynn Davis, a documentary of natural and man-made objects and the music of John Cage. “Voiceland” is set to Latvian composer Peteris Vask’s 1991 symphony for strings, “Stimmen” (Voices) and relies on spatial tensions between individuals and groups.
Jones’ dynamic, impromptu movement style and the varying techniques of his dancers combine to question the notion of history as a continuum of events.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with post-performance discussions at The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.