During the company’s 25th anniversary season in 2007, Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL offered the company its most significant commission to date: to create a work to honor the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.The company created three new productions in response:100 Migrations (2008), a site-specific community performance project; Serenade/The Proposition(2008), examining the nature of history; and Fondly Do We Hope… My heart-I wish I could say I I wish I was out there with you, but you know, I don't. The creation of "Still Here" is the story of an extraordinary collaboration.
JONES, Choreographer: [dance troupe does a different dance move for each person/idea as choreographer Bill Jones calls off the moves] Devin -"Torn." Don -"Don't tie my hands." Chris -"Reaching up to a higher power, coming up empty-handed, coming back to myself." Bonnie -"Engulfing the whole universe. [she stands, sways gently, mimes holding a baby] This is me now, remembering what it was like to nurse my little boy when he was a baby. [interviewing] Well, my job is to evoke the spirit of survival. JONES: [speaking to group] How could you conceptualize your lives if you draw it as a line? DIRECTOR: [to dance troupe] Can I have just a little bit of a downstage cut, off the screen? JONES: [speaking to workshop participants] Walk your life.
Visibility Was Poor(1996, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA); You Walk?
(2000, European Capital of Culture 2000, Bolgna, Italy); Blind Date (2006, Peak Performances at Montclair State University); Chapel/Chapter (2006, Harlem Stage Gatehouse); and Fondly Do We Hope…
Critics will call this his most important work, a landmark of 20th century dance.
BILL MOYERS: For over a year, Jones traveled the country -to Milwaukee, Austin, Pittsburgh.