"My brand of dancing is more than simply steps or body movement," says Bill T. Jones. "It's the total expression of my personality and beliefs. I've grown addicted to the privilege of expression."
Jones, who's appearing in a self-choreographed solo program tomorrow night at the University of Maryland, has a highly personalized way of moving, and his dances often project a wittily caustic view of contemporary society and its shortcomings. Such qualities were much in evidence in his Kennedy Center debut two years ago, during the first season of the Dance America series. One of 12 children born to migrant farm workers who were "poorer than poor," in Jones' words, he parlayed a high school involvement with acting into a flourishing dance career that has taken him on national and international tours.
Jones seeks his movement sources in everything that surrounds him. "I feel myself," he says, "to be a collector of shapes, qualities and sequences of movement found in my environment. My environment includes the studio, schoolyards, playgrounds, battlefields, sport arenas, the forests, magazines, TV, etc . . . Obviously I feel the need to be in touch with my immediate feeling at all times. I think I perform so as not to disappear."