A trilogy of movement and memory
What effect does memory have on our actions? In Analogy Trilogy, choreographer Bill T. Jones—in collaboration with his company—uses W. G. Sebald’s collection of narratives in The Emigrants as a jumping-off point, weaving together movement, text, song, and storytelling to create an intriguing rumination on the nature of service, duty, and the idea of a life well-lived. For his company’s sixth return to Spoleto Festival USA, Jones brilliantly connects three distinct tales that can be digested separately or in engrossing combination.
Performances ticketed separately. Buy all three programs to experience Analogy Trilogy in full. Special pricing is available.
PROGRAM I: Analogy/Dora: Tramontane
Based on an oral history Jones conducted with Dora Amelan, this moving portrait chronicles Dora’s experiences from her early life in Belgium to her courageous work in an underground Jewish organization during the Holocaust. Watch trailer.
PROGRAM II: Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist
Jones’s nephew Lance T. Briggs begins his story as a ballet student before personal demons of drugs and excess emerge, ultimately leading him to the underworld of 1980s and early ’90s club culture and sex trade. This program contains adult language and subject matter. Watch trailer.
PROGRAM III: Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant
A partly fictional character central to Sebald’s The Emigrants, Ambros Adelwarth is a German manservant in the early 1900s tasked with accompanying a wealthy young man. It is Ambros’s story that first catapulted Jones to explore the individuals in his own life and compare their personal accounts of trauma and perseverance. Watch trailer.