In his autobiography Last Night on Earth, choreographer Bill T. Jones writes eloquently about his upbringing, the forces that have gone into his celebrated dance company, and the magic that happens between dancers and audiences. "The dancer steps, he pushes the earth away and is in the air," Jones writes. "One foot comes down, followed by the other. It's over. We agree, dancer and watcher, to hold on to the illusion that someone flew for a moment." Whatever realm Jones occupies — whether dancer, choreographer, stage director, writer, or public speaker — becomes magical. On Monday, Oct. 7, it's Jones the public speaker who will take the stage at YBCA, where he'll reflect on a career that has seen him win a trove of major honors, including Tony Awards and a MacArthur genius grant. Jones will be joined by two longtime collaborators: set designer Bjorn G. Amelan, and Janet Wong, associate artistic director with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The conversation is part of the YBCA's "Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 30th Anniversary Exhibition," which runs through Nov. 3 and features performances, documentaries, and an exhibition of costumes, photos, and other works that have been integral to Jones' distinct dances.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones in conversation with Bjorn G. Amelan and Janet Wong, Monday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., at YBCA, 701 Mission St., S.F. $10. 978-2787 or ybca.org. Jonathan Curiel