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APRIL 12 & 13
Bill T. Jones always pushes the boundaries, constantly moving forward with the diverse and immensely talented members of his dance company. His fluid grace and physical beauty aside, Jones has garnered much acclaim for his ability to make impossible-sounding concepts come to life on the stage. After last tour’s Still/Here, with its extravagantly scaled high-tech production and intensely emotional subject matter (terminal illness and survival), Jones has undertaken a smaller but no less interesting endeavor. His latest work, Ursonate, uses the dada poetry of Kurt Schwitters to examine language and voice as abstract concepts. Vocal sounds, phonetic words without literal meaning, become a musical soundtrack for Jones’ movement ideas. The company will also perform 1995’s New Duet and the now-classic tour de force D-Man in the Waters, an energetic, passionate tribute to former company member Demian Acquavella. Longtime fans of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will notice the absence of a few veteran company members who have recently left. Because Jones’ choreography highlights the various dancers’ unique attributes and strengths, the addition of new members will likely give the performance a different, but no less exciting, feel and look. At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $22-29.50. (202) 833-9800. (Holly Bass)