I (I meaning Leslie Houin, intern at the Black Film Center/Archive who manages this blog) saw the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s wonderful performance Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray in February at the Indiana University Auditorium. I would like to encourage others to see a performance of Fondly Do We Hope. The dance revolves around a central query: who was Abraham Lincoln? By mixing historical research with creative motion and sound, Bill takes us on a ride through our past and arrives at our future in terms of how we, Americans and people throughout the world, feel and think about President Lincoln. Fondly Do We Hope is breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring. Its set design, music, and choreography put me in awe.
Fondly Do We Hope will be performed in various locations in Hungary, Israel, Italy, France, and the United States until February 2011.
Also, the BFC/A has a film about the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the archive.