Brand New Bill T. Ballet Bows in Lyons

By Sims, Caitlin | Dance Magazine, March 1997 | Go to article overview

Brand New Bill T. Ballet Bows in Lyons


Sims, Caitlin, Dance Magazine


LYONS, France--"I don't like assignments, but I think that this has actually turned out to be a pleasant assignment," says choreographer Bill T. Jones of his latest Lyon Opera Ballet commission, for which he was instructed to use the music of Mozart. Both Jones and French choreographer Herve Robbe have created premieres, which with Jiri Kylian's 1991 Petite Mort will comprise "Ballets Mozart," bowing March 8 to 15 at the Lyon Opera House.

Jones picked music from a list provided by the Lyon artistic staff. "A lot of the things on their list were the warhorses, the old chestnuts that we know, that quite frankly I have difficulty even listening to, they are so well-known," he says. "The slow movements were where I could most settle in with my own feelings and with my appreciation of his form, which is what this piece hopefully will be about." For the dance, which at press time was called Green and Blue, Jones chose the andante of the Quartet in F Major, K. 590 and the adagio of the Divertimento in E Flat, K. 563.

"There are going to be two parts," says Jones, "maybe with one section in the middle that connects the two, that will be in silence or maybe it will be a radio with Mozart playing in the distance."

For Jones, who says he usually relies on his emotional reaction to the music to guide the movement, the creative process for this piece has been a departure. "For the first time ever, I am really forcing myself to work with the score," he says, "which is kind of fun, actually--just counting measures and looking at the very simple games that you play creating themes. …

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