Ishmael Houston-Jones: Doing It

Saturday, November 17, 2012

REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

What is your first impulse? Can you trust it? What happens when the judge falls asleep? Can sight be a handicap? Can you know too much? This is a workshop about Composition.

Presented in conjunction with performances of THEM by Chris Cochrane, Dennis Cooper and Ishmael Houston-Jones at REDCATNovember 15–18, 2012.

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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 United States, in Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America. Houston-Jones’ Nowhere, Now Here was commissioned for Mordine and Company in Chicago in spring 2001 and Specimens was commissioned for Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia in 1998.  In 1997 he was the choreographer for Nayland Blake’s Hare Follies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1995-2000 he was part of the improvised trio Unsafe/Unsuited with Keith Hennessy and Patrick Scully. In 1990 he and writer Dennis Cooper presented The Undead at the Los Angeles Festival of the Arts. In 1989 he collaborated with filmmaker Julie Dash on the video Relatives, which was aired nationally on the PBS series Alive From Offf-Center (Alive TV). In 1984 Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for their Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. In 2010 Performance Space 122 and the New Museum supported the reconstruction of Houston-Jones’ 1985/86 collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Chris Cochrane, THEM. The piece has since been presented at the American Realness festival (New York, NY), Springdance (Utrecht, NL), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), and TanzImAugust (Berlin, Germany). The reconstruction of THEM received a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award in 2011. Houston-Jones is currently touring with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People in And lose the name of action.