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In "21," Bill T. Jones performs a monologue and solo dance in a large dance studio with windows looking out onto the street. He tells us at the onset that some of his story will be fictitious. Two tales of sons leaving home are interwoven. In the first, Jones' oldest brother, "Boot," becomes a migrant worker. In the second, Jones himself leaves a liberal arts college to go to Amsterdam. Elements of these stories are repeated and reordered and they take on new meanings as a result. We are never quite sure what is autobiographical and what is fictional, although the story of Boot is originally placed in 1946, at which point Jones was not yet born. Interspersed with this narrative are movement phrases executed by Jones. At times, he counts the movements aloud. Musical pieces accompanying the work are "On the Future of Aviation" by Jerry Goodman, "Alanna" by Etosha, and "Weightless" by Brian Eno. Jones' partner, Arnie Zane.

This short excerpt features the tale of "Boot," the oldest brother of Bill T. Jones, who becomes a migrant worker.
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Dance, Modern dance, Sons
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