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NOVEMBER 18 & 19
Although he’s HIV-positive and his companion, Arnie Zane, died of AIDS in 1988, Bill T. Jones went beyond personal experience in creating his latest work for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The dancer/choreographer traveled the country holding workshops for people with life-threatening diseases, encouraging them to express their emotions in movement and speech. Later, his videotaped sessions were translated into the choreography, lyrics, and images that comprise Still/Here, a two-hour multimedia work about terminal illness. Perhaps because the project is grounded in personal experience, it resonates with survival rather than grief and sorrow. Composer Kenneth Frazelle’s original score for Still covers a panorama of emotions (folk singer Odetta contribed appropriately ominous vocals to the section titled Slash, Poison, or Burn), while Living Colour’s Vernon Reid composed the music for the Here half of the program. At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $21-26 (Saturday’s performance benefits the Whitman-Walker Clinic). (202) 833-9800. (Brook J. Sadler)