A Letter to My Nephew

October 3 – 7, 2017

Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description A Letter to My Nephew (2017) is an intimate and impressionistic collage, setting a portrait of Jones’ beloved nephew Lance T. Briggs—a talented dancer who struggled with illness and addiction—against the current political landscape. Composed like a series of postcards sent home, A Letter to My Nephew launches a swirl of images around Briggs––a vogue ball, a breathtaking vista––as he lies in a hospital bed. Flashing like a feverish hour of the evening news, this work is an evocative composition of imagery, movement, and sound. Drawing from conversations with his nephew––as done in the parallel work, Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka the Escape Artist––Jones continues to navigate familial relationships within the context of a larger socio-political history. Performed in Paris, Singapore, Boston, and Macau, each iteration of A Letter serves as a snapshot of life in a specific place, incorporating references to local culture, customs, and architecture as they relate to world events. Through a delirious mix of live music by composer Nick Hallett, whose score is performed by baritone Matthew Gamble and Hallett, and a barrage of battleground imagery from video designer Janet Wong, Jones’ words to his nephew are brought to vivid life.
Identifier 2017f.01004
Season Fall 2017
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
composerNick Hallett
costume designerLiz Prince
lighting designerRobert Wierzel
set designer/decorBjorn G Amelan
sound designerSamuel Crawford
video artistJanet Wong