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Bill T. Jones is probably the most innovative choreographer in America right now. His ability to capture precisely what concerns the American consciousness is what makes his work both timely and timeless. He confronts racial prejudice, fear of AIDS, and the profound sense of loss the disease causes and turns them into epic dances. The world premiere of his latest work, We Set Out Early…Visibility Was Poor, is about the American Century, bridging the country’s “early idealism and confidence to the uncertainty of the current era.” With it, Jones may carve a middle ground between abstract and issue-based art. Last year’s performance of Ursonate, set to the music of German dadaist Kurt Schwitters, alienated fans expecting the very narrative dances Jones has become known for. Like Ursonate, We Set Out Early… promises to be a complex work in three movements, running without an intermission. However, while many felt Ursonate to be too obscure, a linear thread runs through We Set Out Early…, and the music by Stravinsky, John Cage, and Latvian composer Peteris Vask will no doubt infuse Jones’ formidable choreographic style with new vocabularies. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. $26-42. (202) 467-4600. (Holly Bass)