One difference from Cage's approach to performance is Jones's concern that the audience understand "what we're doing," starting with the concept of a minute (clearly seen on the digital clock on the back wall). He believes that the simple stage, the humor in some stories, and Coffey's music keep the piece accessible.
"Woven through the music are phrases that are familiar and embracing," he observed. "The music lights the way for the audience along a difficult landscape. Transitions don't exist and yet people find a way to connect them, and it's worthwhile to them — that's very comforting and encouraging."
Indeed, Jones expects that the ideas and thoughts in his work will enable a connection between artist and audience that defines "art" to him. He's confident that he can always become excited by new ideas, and out of that, he can answer his own question: "Can we continue to keep this fresh?"
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