Bill T. Jones: The dancer, the singer, the cellist … and a moment of creative magic

Bill T. Jones: The dancer, the singer, the cellist … and a moment of creative magic

Isadora Duncan — (Music) — crazy, long-legged woman
from San Francisco, got tired of this country,
and she wanted to get out. Isadora was famous
somewhere around 1908 for putting up a blue curtain, and she would stand with her hands over her solar plexus and she would wait, and she would wait, and then, she would move. (Music) Josh and I and Somi call this piece “The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain.” Red circle. Blue curtain. But, this is not the beginning
of the 20th century. This is a morning in Vancouver in 2015. (Music) (Singing) Come on, Josh! (Music) (Singing) Go! Are we there yet? I don’t think so. Hey, yeah! (Music) What time is it? (Music) Where are we? Josh. Somi. Bill T. Josh. Somi. Bill T. (Applause) Yeah, yeah!

100 Replies to “Bill T. Jones: The dancer, the singer, the cellist … and a moment of creative magic”

  1. Honestly, the dance could have brought more. It was a bit dry, but I liked the vocal and cello. If the dance had more pop and flow to it, more movement I would have liked it.

  2. That may have been the stupidest thing I've ever seen. I couldn't tell if that was supposed to be serious or comedy. But then I'm from Texas.

  3. This reminded me of that scene from the fifth element with that blue alien woman!

    I feel confused yet entertained at the same time.

  4. "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," marvelous, refreshing and amazing ♥ really enjoyed watching that. I need to hear more of Somi's voice too x 

    This was the first video to pop up in search results for Somi oh boy does she have a beautiful voice ♥♥ @somiVEVO

  5. The vocals and the music along with his narrative and dancing took it to a such a higher level

  6. I am someone that listens deeply to the lyrics of songs, imagine how I felt listening to this, I studied drama and did contemporary dance, I can respect that it is improv but I guess it wasn't for me. I just couldn't appreciate it although I am sure all three of them are extremely talented entertainers.

  7. His face is 95 but his body is 23.  Why do black people have genetics like this?  Why are the most athletic sports primarily filled with African Americans?  And don't just give me the socio-ecnomic stuff.  I get that.  Or the social, i.e. they are raised into it.  I get that too.  That doesn't account for nearly as much as it should.

  8. Can somebody accurately explained what just happened here?

    If no one can i petition to change the name of the TED to TD.

  9. This is exactly what our world needs. Art that confuses culture filled people to connect. The only way you cant like this is if culture is in your way. Or his dancing could have been better LOL

  10. TED, TED Talks, TEDx, TED fellows, TED this and TED that … just like everything else, there's good, there's bad, there's black and there's white.  I just feel so stupid I wasted my time on this TED video.  I wish I was so clever.  *sheruka*

  11. you wanna win a cash then you have to register here..and it's all in your hand

  12. i love how he drives a little car and dies at the end. classic! amazing performance by the way

  13. full of essence and unseen windstorms of emotion frozen within a suspended sunset. moments in control. the dance of the mind of watchers at the window

  14. The amount of dislikes and the comments are showing me that only show off dancing is accepted nowadays. As a dancer myself I thought that the dancing part was the best because I could really feel what he was feeling and how he played around was just amazing.
    I think someone who doesn't even dance or just learned some choreography is not able to understand what  Bill T. Jones just created here^^

  15. Can someone please recommend things similar to this to me? I'm not even sure what this is called.

  16. What did i just spend 6 minutes of my life watching? I kept hoping and hoping it would somehow get better, that there would be this big twist that suddenly made this performance 'TED Worthy' but sadly I've been disappointed,

  17. I dont get it anything at all.What a strange dance he probably escaped  from the mental hospital awhile ago

  18. In my youth, I created something very like this.  I sang an improvised tune and my dancer improvised her dance.  Instead of setting choreography, we set a series of emotions.  We used our reactions to each other's performance and emotions to explore our own emotions through song and dance.  It was always different, but so powerful.  The audiences loved it!

  19. I was eating my sandwich before i started to watch this! At the end of this video i still had sandwich in my hand… It was strange and interesting so i forgot to eat my sandwich! But now i don`t want my sandwich anymore! Strange! XD

  20. This is the weirdest video I've seen from a while, What…..a grandpa dancing with his bones coated with muscles. O.o

  21. I was touched by the dancer, singer and the guy on the instrument. Becuase i can see how much passion are in putting into their work but i couldnt feel it or understand the msg. Can someone express it in words!!

  22. I saw one of Bill's pieces on a morning news program and I'm so glad I did. I am an aspiring singer recording artist and this gave me so much inspiration to create and even involve dance, dialogue, and even more emotion. By the way this particular piece was so impactful.. Wow.. Just wow man. Love the creative energy.

  23. …I have always admired BTJ approach to expression, dance, spoken word…I (thinkning I am a contemporary dancer myself, I don't express dance unless I FEEL it) LOVE the mix of spoken words with dance…I felt everything he phased "us" through, the 4th an 5th are parts of my favorite, heck! they all were…lol…ABSOLUTELY AMAZING("you thumbs down folks" got sum mental work to do)…I do too, but thumbs down? dannng'…errr!?

  24. I have seen his show here in Philadelphia and once in New York and I was amazed at the stride of his step the strength in his movement the baritone voice that carried a story with fluidity and movement that was spellbinding.

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