About How To Walk An Elephant
How To Walk An Elephant represents the first collaborative work by Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Its title is good-humored hyperbole acknowledging the overwhelming complexity and power of the music of modern master Conlon Nancarrow in his Studies for Players Piano. The work employs an ensemble of twelve men and women. The dance, running parallel to the music’s episodic structure, meanders through an obstacle course of movement invention, sometimes slow and stately, at other times breakneck, pausing here and there for a sly reference to the classics.