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Bill T. Jones at Bard

Wednesday, December 1 @ 5 p.m.

He has received nearly every award that comes to mind—the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award; the 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award; a 2007 Obie Award; and two Tony Awards, to name just a few—but Bill T. Jones still has time to lend his talents to the Bard College Dance Program, under whose auspices he presents two free events. From 5 - 6:30 p.m., he invites the public to join in a viewing, critique, and discussion of three student dance composition projects in the Thorne Dance Studio. From 7 - 8:30 p.m., it’s his turn to take the stage in a performance of Floating the Tongue, his solo improvisation that seeks to reveal the activity of the mind as the body moves, which he developed in 1978—the same year that Hannah Arendt published The Life of the Mind, an exploration of the nature of consciousness and the distinction between mental and physical activity. His dance will serve as a springboard for a discussion of the philosophy of thought, action, and consciousness as they relate to art and the act of creating, in which he will be joined by Roger Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Political Studies and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking.

Bard College, Fisher Center

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