Bill T. Jones: Still/Here with Bill Moyers

January 15, 1997

Bill Moyers and filmmaker David Grubin give viewers a rare glimpse into dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones’s highly acclaimed dance, Still/Here. At workshops around the country, people facing life-threatening illnesses are asked to remember the highs and lows of their lives, and even imagine their own deaths. They then transform their feelings into expressive movement, which Jones incorporates into the dance performed later in the program. Jones demonstrates for Moyers the movements of his own life story — his first encounter with white people, confusion over his sexuality, his partner Arnie Zane’s untimely death from AIDS, and Jones’s own HIV status.

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  • Joan

    I cant believe there are no comments here. Maybe people are left speechless or don’t know how to respond to the openness, vulnerability and courage of Bill and the people who answered his call.  From me, a thank you to all the people involved. I am deeply moved.   

  • Norman Prather

    Joan I have no insight as to why other’s have not posted, I was not going to post until I saw your comment. Perhaps it is as simple as this: dance by itself has no meaning to many of us.

    The story behind the dance, the process of creating the dance, the emotional investment by all involved were interesting and at times intimidating. I also know the skill and fitness required by the dance are impressive but I would not walk across the street to see the dance. I do not say that to diminish the effort or investment of the dancers. Simply to point out that to some of us the dance alone conveys nothing.