A typical performance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is loaded with arguments on modernism, sex, race, and history. In 2009’s “Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray,” the company has something else to wrangle with: Abraham Lincoln and all he hath wrought. A Good Man follows Jones, an African-American pioneer of modern dance, and his diverse squad of dancers as they figure out how to best present a story about the historical giant on stage. Though the film is ostensibly about the creation of the performance, it also introduces Jones’ dancers (including one who says she pursued modern dance because “I chose not to develop an eating disorder…I didn’t want to play the same fucking swan for the rest of my life”) and incorporates clips from his other productions, including “Still/Here” and “Blind Date.” But there’s plenty of meaty conversation as Jones & Co. parse out what they learn about Lincoln through their research; Jones, who calls Lincoln a “hero” but feels conflicted toward him all the same, asks, “A good man, question mark, or a good man, exclamation?”
Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. at Discovery HD Theater; also on Saturday, June 25 at 11:15 a.m. at AFI Silver 3.