“Memory, often strikes me as a kind of dumbness. It makes one’s head heavy and giddy, as if one were not looking back down the receding perspectives of time but rather down on the earth from a great height, from one of those towers whose tops are lost to view in the clouds.” —W.G. Sebald
CAP UCLA presents Analogy Trilogy, a new and ambitious three-part work from the acclaimed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. All three works — Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist and Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant — will be presented in one seven-hour marathon performance that includes all three works, dinner and a post-show Q & A with the company. Analogy Trilogy searches for the connection between the three varying stories; focusing on memory and the effect of powerful events on the actions of individuals and, more importantly, on their often unexpressed inner life. As with his previous work A Rite, Jones continues his exploration of how text, storytelling and movement pull and push against each other and how another experience can be had through the combination and recombination of these elements, furthering the development of his company into an ensemble that not only dances beautifully, but also sings and speaks.
Analogy/Dora: Tramontane (2pm)
Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is based on an oral history Jones conducted with then 95-year-old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker. Amelan’s harrowing, touching and inspirational story is broken into approximately 25 episodes that become the basis for choreography and songs. These episodes chronicle her early life in Belgium, her mother’s death as the Germans were marching into Belgium and her experiences working at an underground Jewish organization in Vichy France’s internment camps, Gurs and Rivesaltes. Here is a portrait of the ability to persevere and survive.
Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist (4pm)
In Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist, we meet Lance whose battles with his own personal demons of drugs and excess expose us to another type of war. It was the battlefield of the nightlife and underworld of the late `80s and early `90s club culture and sex trade. This “pretty boy-gangster thug,” a name he acquired in prison, holds steadfast to his often tragic and sometimes outrageously humorous narrative while facing an uncertain future.
Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant (7pm)
Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant is Jones’ reaction to the character Ambros Adelwarth from W.G. Sebald’s celebrated historical novel,The Emigrants. This narrative, through a fictionalized history, strives to suggest how an experience of trauma can go underground in the psyche of an individual and direct consciously and unconsciously the course of that individual’s life. The central figure, Ambros Adelwarth, is a German valet/manservant who serves as companion to a privileged, dissipated, young scion of a wealthy Jewish family. This restrained and evocative narrative tracks Ambros’ experience working at hotels, the glamorous travels with his charge, Cosmo, through Europe and the Middle East on the eve of WWI and then his life after Cosmo’s death.
PLEASE NOTE: Your ticket includes admission to all three performances in this program. The total run time, including intermission, the dinner break and a post-show Q&A with the artists is 7 hours (2–9pm).
There will be a standard intermission between parts 1 and 2 and a dinner break from 5:30–7pm. You may choose to grab a bite off-campus, order the $15 buffet dinner option as an add-on to your ticket order or purchase snacks and beverages from the concessions stand at Royce Hall.
Join us from 5:30–6:30pm on the Royce Terrace for an informal buffet dinner between Parts 2 and 3 of Analogy Trilogy. The cost is $15 per person and dinner reservations must be purchased no later than Monday, October 29, 2018. Alcohol not included.
Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka The Escape Artist is commissioned by the American Dance Festival, Dancers’ Workshop and the Executive Director’s Fund at The Joyce Theater Foundation.
Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant is commissioned by Dancers’ Workshop and ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance and the Reinhart Fund.
Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University; Co-Commissioned by Dancers’ Workshop and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Funds for the CAP UCLA presentation provided by Fariba Ghaffari, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Endowment and the Roslyn Holt Swartz & Allan J. Swartz Endowment for the Performing Arts.
Photo Credits: Paul B. Goode