Powerful People – Ishmael Houston-Jones Mar 6, 2014

by Erin

Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and arts activist. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York City, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a Bessie Award for their piece Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders.  In 2010 he revived THEM, his 1985 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper
and composer Chris Cochrane for which he was awarded his second Bessie Award. THEM has been seen at Performance Space 122 and the American Realness Festival in New York City, Springdance in Utrecht, Centre Pompidou in Paris, HAU 2 with the Tanz im August festival in Berlin, and REDCAT in Los Angeles and TAP-Poitiers, in Poitiers, France. He recently premiered 13 Love Songs: dot dot dot, a duet created in collaboration with choreographer and performer Emily Wexler, at the 2014 American Realness Festival. The work will be presented at American Dance Festival this summer.

Read an interview with Houston-Jones and collaborator Emily Wexler on their performance at the 2013 American Realness Festival.