Cotuit Center for the Arts will screen “A Good Man,” a film co-directed by Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn, on Friday, November 16 at 7 PM.
The screening is part of the “Best of the Fest” series presented in partnership with the Woods Hole Film Festival.
Tickets are $12, $10 for members and may be purchased at artsonthecape.org or by calling 508-428-0669.
The feature documentary (2011, 86 min.) follows award-winning director/choreographer Bill T. Jones as he and his company create their most ambitious work, “Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray,” an original dance-theater piece commissioned by Ravinia, a major music and dance festival near Chicago, in honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
The film follows Jones for two years, from the beginning of the project through to the end. It includes moments of raw frustration as Jones struggles to communicate his vision to his dancers and collaborators, as well moments of great exhilaration, when movement transcends the limitations of words
“A Good Man” is a window into Jones’s creative process, as he explores what it means to be a good man, to be a free man, to be a citizen. In the process, Jones confronts America’s unresolved contradictions about race, equality, and Lincoln’s legacy.
“’Fondly…’ is one of the most challenging projects I have ever undertaken,” said Jones. “’A Good Man’ is an honest and unflinching portrait of that process.”
“We tried to convey the immense amount of ideas and information that Bill T. Jones transfers into movement, music and speech for a performance,” said Gordon Quinn. “As we watched Bill’s struggles in putting his feelings about Lincoln and the contradictions and complexities of American democracy into ‘Fondly…,’ we found ourselves drawn into the same contradictions about our democracy and our hopes for the future of this country.”
Jones won Tony Awards for choreography for his “Spring Awakening” and “Fela!” He has received numerous honors and awards, including Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.
Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.