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PBS documentary ‘Bill T. Jones’ shows creative theater process

(Blair Howell, The Deseret News) Although theater is the most collaborative of the arts, a director must make a seemingly endless number of decisions as he mounts a new production. To be able to view this creative process would be an illuminating experience for anyone interested in the arts.

In the PBS documentary “Bill T. Jones: A Good Man,” airing Friday at 8 p.m. on KUED, viewers are offered this unique opportunity.

Bill T. Jones is not widely known outside of dance circles, but he is a legendary artistic director, choreographer and dancer. A co-founder of the New York-based Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Jones last year received Kennedy Center honors, and his Broadway choreography has earned him two Tony awards. He is also a recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship “genius” grant and was named “an irreplaceable treasure” by the Dance Heritage Coalition.

Filmmakers were given full access to the two-year development of the most ambitious work of his career, a full-evening dance event inspired by the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The result is this entertaining 90-minute film.