About the Grant

$40,000 to support Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray (MAP 2008), a new work by choreographer Bill T. Jones, based on the life of Abraham Lincoln.  More than just an historical figure, Lincoln has become a symbol of reconciliation that lives in our collective conscious. Yet, he is a contested idea, encompassing emancipation, the role of the federal government, the rights of individuals and the relevancy of great men.

About the Project

Commissioned by the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, A Good Man!/A Good Man? finds Jones seeking a way to articulate if not reconcile the view of Lincoln he had as a young boy growing up during the civil rights struggle and as a mid-life liberal artist who “has very few heroes.” With a full company of ten dancers and an actor, A Good Man!/A Good Man? investigates the myriad meanings of Lincoln, rejecting accepted truth in favor of challenging (and celebrating) the lasting contributions of a great man. This dance theatre work with live music examines a handful of key moments from his remarkable life, allowing song and memory to transport the audience to an emotional and intellectual space beyond the boundaries of space and time. By envisioning the America that might have been had Lincoln completed the Reconstruction, Mr. Jones exposes the great distance between what is and what could have been.

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company


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