Bill T. Jones’ Chapel Chapter, at Harlem Gatehttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/performance/bill-t-jones-chapelchapter/718/
A common (annoying) complaint among New York cultural critics is that there is too much going on in the city. This week, for instance, there are several dance shows that I will not see, with serious regrets. I know – everyone should have such problems. But one show that I will notmiss is Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, presented by Harlem Stage. Why? Because I missed it the last time around, in 2006, sucked into the cycle of “not enough hours in a day,” and I have rued that decision ever since I watched some video snippets and listened to a litany of raves.
His oeuvre is so diverse that it’s impossible to sum up in a sentence, a paragraph, the space here. One generalization that I can make is that I have never left one of his company’s performances feeling nothing. I remember astonishment, fatigue, frustration, pleasure, anger, awe, elation. And of Chapel/Chapter? I’m looking forward to the transformation of this unique site; the skillful blend of many genres into one cohesive theatrical experience; the skillful interweaving a several story lines; his incredible company packed with dancers who can sing and act as well; the fearless way Jones cuts to the heart of his subject matter, evoking sentiments that are rarely stirred in our daily lives.
So do yourself a favor—catch it now, or you’ll kick yourself like I’ve been doing for three years. It’s on through Sunday June 14.
Photograph by Paul B. Goode.
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