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Dance theatre work in two acts with choreography by Bill T. Jones, music by Kenneth Frazelle and Vernon Reid, visual concept by Gretchen Bender, costumes by Liz Prince, and lighting by Robert Wierzel. Premiered 14 Sept. 1994 at TNP Villeurbanne, Lyon, by Bill. T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Dancers. It explores the experience of being sentenced to an early death using material gleaned from workshops with terminally ill patients. The patients' words and gestures are woven into both the songs and the movement and they also feature in videos projected on stage. The work became the subject of considerable controversy when critic Arlene Croce claimed in her article ‘A Critic at Bay: Discussing the Undiscussable’ (New Yorker, 26 Dec. 1994–2 Jan. 1995) that the work constituted a piece of ‘victim art’ and that it was inherently un-reviewable due to the raw emotional nature of its material.

Subjects: Dance.


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