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Alternative Title:
Fictitious Sunday
Twenty One

1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 18 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
See the record for "New Television, Episode 312 (1987)" for descriptions of additional videos containing this work.

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Copyright Holder:
Tom Bowes and Bill T. Jones

Jones, Bill T.
Bowes, Tom

Broadcast as a segment of Episode 312 of the 1987 season of "New Television."

A Betacam SP screening copy of this individual work exists. See the record for "New Television, Episode 312 (1987)" for descriptions of additional videos containing this work.

In "21," Bill T. Jones performs a monologue and solo dance in a large dance studio with windows looking out onto the street. He tells us at the onset that some of his story will be fictitious. Two tales of sons leaving home are interwoven. In the first, Jones' oldest brother, "Boot," becomes a migrant worker. In the second, Jones himself leaves a liberal arts college to go to Amsterdam. Elements of these stories are repeated and reordered and they take on new meanings as a result. We are never quite sure what is autobiographical and what is fictional, although the story of Boot is originally placed in 1946, at which point Jones was not yet born. Interspersed with this narrative are movement phrases executed by Jones. At times, he counts the movements aloud. Jones' partner, Arnie Zane, served as consultant for the piece, which is approximately 18 minutes long.

Musical pieces accompanying the work are "On the Future of Aviation" by Jerry Goodman, "Alanna" by Etosha, and "Weightless" by Brian Eno.

Bowes, Tom

Bowes, Tom
Feist, Rick (CMX Editor)

New Television
National Endowment for the Arts
Walsung Company, The

Modern dance


See Also:
New Television, Episode 312 (1987)

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