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Bill T. Jones straddles two worlds: modern dance and popular Broadway culture.  Jones has helped shape the evolution of contemporary dance as a master choreographer and a two-time Tony Award-winner, and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient.

He's also worked on big Broadway shows, including FELA, the current Broadway hit that he directed about the West African musician, Fela Kuti.

And he's the subject of a new American Masters documentary called "Bill T. Jones: A Good Man," which will air on PBS in November.

The film offers a behind-scenes look at Jones's creative process, including his choreography for an original modern dance piece to honor Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial. He says that as a child Lincoln "was the only white man he was allowed to love unconditionally."

Jones will be speaking this coming Saturday night at Northeastern University about his life and work.

Guest:

  • Bill T. Jones, award-winning choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer

More:

"Bill T. Jones: A Good Man"

"FELA" On Broadway

This segment aired on September 29, 2011.

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