Major Choreographic Works: 

• 1974-76 A Way of Improvising: Collaborations with Terry Fox & Jeff Cain, Philadelphia

• 1976 Two Men Dancing (an improvisation on their maleness); collaboration with Michael Biello; music, Jeff Cain; sets Deryl Mackie

• 1980 What We're Made Of!  Collaboration IH-J, Michael Biello and Dan Martin as Two Men Dancing (a gay men’s music/dance collective). Additional performers Tonio Guerra and Jeff McMahon.

• 1981 DEAD; solo

• 1982 Part 2: Relatives; with Pauline H. Jones

 

• 1983 Untitled (sometimes called Oogala); collaboration with Fred Holland, music; Mark Allen Larson

• 1983 Babble: First impressions of the white man; collaboration with Fred Holland, Sound collage by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Mark Russell with Raw loops by Mark Allen Larsen, visuals by Fred Holland and slides by Suzanne McClellen and Pamela Moore, performers; Steve Staso, Holland, IHJ, Tavoria Rae Kellam, Charles Richardson, Adrienne Altenhaus, Brian Moran and others

• 1984 f/i/s/s/i/o/n/i/n/g; solo

• 1984 Cowboys, Dreams, and Ladders; collaboration with Fred Holland. Performed by IHJ, Fred Holland, Yvonne Meier, and Carlos Foster on film

• 1985 THEM; work-in-progress, collaboration with Dennis Cooper, text & Chris Cochrane, music, and performers John B. Walker and Donald Fleming

• 1986 THEM; collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Chris Cochrane and performers Barry Crooks, Donald Fleming, Julyen Hamilton, Daniel McIntosh, and David Zambrano

• 1986 2 solos: Radio Managua and 3 folk dances; solos; music for 3 Folk Dances: Chris Cochrane

• 1986 Adolfo und Maria: "Duh Guvnuh's Dancin' Gal; music Doug Henderson & Guy Yarden; sets and costumes Huck Snyder; performed by IHJ, John Kelly, John B. Walker, Trinket Monsod, Irving Gregory, Billy Swindler, Marleen Menard, Michael Stiller, Liz Prince

• 1987 Tell Me; collaboration with Yvonne Meier; song score, 3 TEENS KILL 4

• 1987 How to Pray for 21; collaboration with Fred Holland

• 1987 The Onyx Table; collaboration with Fred Holland, performed by Josepha Dumatubun & Natasha Kempadoo

• 1988 Prologue to the End of Everything; music, Chris Cochrane with Doug Seidel and Zeena Parkins; sets, Robert Flynt and Impala, performed by IHJ, Anthony Bowman & Trinket Monsod

• 1988 Slow Motion Suicide; collaboration with Fast Forward

• 1989 Relatives; film: directed and produced by Julie Dash; with Pauline H. Jones

• 1989 HOLE; collaboration with Dennis Cooper

• 1989 Knife/Tape/Rope; collaboration with Dennis Cooper, John DeFazio & John B. Walker

• 1989 HOLE: (The spoken word); collaboration with Dennis Cooper

 

• 1990 The Undead; choreography and direction: Peter Brosius & Ishmael Houston-Jones; text: Dennis Cooper; design, Robert Flynt; music, Tom Recchion; performed by Luis Alfaro, Christopher Blande, Steven Craig, Scot Goetz, Keith Levy, Curtis York

• 1990 In the dark / Without hope; solos; sound, Mark Allen Larson, (Raw loops).

 

• 1995 Unsafe/Unsuited; collaboration with Keith Hennessy and Patrick Scully

• 1995 Rougher; collaboration with Steven Craig

• 1996 Eyes, mouth and all the rest : surrendering to the desire(s) of others; solo plus

• 1997 Hare Follies; conceived and directed by Nayland Blake; choreographed by Ishmael Houston-Jones, other collaborating performers; Chris Cochrane and Patricia Hoffbauer

• 1998 Specimens; with David Brick, Stanya Kahn, Andrew Simonet, Amy Smith, Paule Turner

• 2001 Nowhere / Now here; for Mordine & Co.; music, David Pavkovic; film Relatives, directed by Julie Dash


• 2004 Dance for feature film “The Situation Room” directed by Steve StasoThe dance is based on “Without Hope” performed in a vacant lot, a few blocks from Madison Square Garden where the 2004 Republican National Convention was being held.



• 2004 Eyes, mouth and all the rest: surrendering to the desire(s) of others; solo with audience participation

• 2009 The Myth and Trials of Calamity Jane and the Son of the Queen of the Amazons; with Ashley Anderson

• 2009 This Ring of Fire; collaboration with Daniel Safer

• 2010 FAT and Other Stories: New and Old Dances and Fiction Excerpts from Knife/Tape/Rope; Rougher; Relatives and Without Hope performed by IHJ with Meg Wolfe, Greg Barnett, Taisha Pagett, Doran George, Adam Wile, Justin Streichman

• 2010 Revival of What We're Made Of; collaboration with Michael Biello, Dan Martin, performers; Greg Holt, John Luna, Scott McPheeters, William Robinson

• 2010 Revival of DEAD; solo performed by William Robinson,

 

• 2010-2018 Revivals of THEM; Collaboration with Dennis Cooper & Chris Cochrane, advisor to the productions Jonathan Walker, performers: Joey Cannizarro, Felix Cruz, Alvaro Gonzalez Depuy; Greg Holt, Steve May, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Niall Noel Jones, Michael Parmelee, Jeremy Pheiffer, Kensaku Shinohara, Jacob Slominski, Ben van Buren, Arturo Vidich, Enrico D. Way, Michael Watkiss, Hentyle Yapp

• 2011 Eyes, mouth and all the rest: surrendering to the desire(s) of others; with niv acosta, Ben van Buren, Regina Rocke, Gillian Walsh

• 2014 13 Love Songs: dot dot dot; collaboration with Emily Wexler,

• 2014 This is how the story goes, (as far as I can tell); collaboration with Alexander Ortega, performers; Members of MoFo: Danell Hathaway, Emily Haygeman, Erin Lehua Brown, Erin Romero, Kat Martinez, Mike Watkiss, Nancy Carter, Sarah Franco

• 2016 Variations on Themes From Lost and Found: Scenes From a Life and Other Works by John Bernd; collaboration with Miguel Gutierrez and composer Nick Hallet, Original Dance, Text, Design, and Music adapted from the work of John Bernd, performers; Tony Carlson, Talya Epstein, Alvaro Gonzalez, Charles Gowin, Madison Krekel, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, and Alex Rodabaugh

• 2018 Relations improvised collaboration with Bebe Miller and Ralph Lemon