ART WORK: An Evening with Ishmael Houston-Jones | The New School 

ART WORK is curated by Bonnie Marranca, professor of Theater at Eugene Lang College. Ishmael Houston-Jones is an award-winning choreographer, author, performer, teacher, curator, and arts advocate known for his improvisational dance and language work. This is an ongoing series that hosts innovative artists who speak about the artistic process on special evenings at Lang. Students gain access to the intimate workings of some of the most influential artists practicing in the city today. In an intimate setting, the artists detail their creative process, speak about new productions, and examine their most famous works.

Rauschenberg Residency 35

In November 2018 Ishmael Houston-Jones was selected to be one of 8 artists for a six-week Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Robert Rauschenberg’s former home has been converted into a multidisciplinary artists’ community inspired by his time at Black Mountain College. The Rauschenberg Residency advances new bodies of work, extends practices into new mediums, and serves as a research and development laboratory for performance-based projects.

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Show Me The World

Ishmael Houston-Jones lectures at “Show Me the World,” Mulheim/Ruhr, Germany, 2015: Building Platforms: Alternative Modes of Curation and Presentation — Using Judy Hussie-Taylor’s Platform concept at Danspace Project in New York as a starting point and his own work curating Platform: 2012: Parallels there, Houston-Jones offers to an international gathering a possible model of dance curation.

Ishmael Houston-Jones @ Tanz Im August

Conversation with Ishmael Houston-Jones (dance maker from New York City) about the piece THEM performed within the content of Tanz Im August 2012 festival in Berlin, Germany. THEM« is an intensely physical interdisciplinary work that presents an unblinking look into the lives of young (gay) men. Conceived and directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones, »THEM« features early texts by famed writer / provocateur Dennis Cooper and a cacophonous live electric guitar sound score by Chris Cochrane. Houston-Jones' choreography, while rooted in improvisation, develops the themes of connections that never quite happen, grappling and wrestling that seem inconsequential and ineffective, and support that disappears.

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Them - Ishmael Houston-Jones in Springdance

Waren we van pure schrik helemaal vergeten hoe dat nou zat met die geit. Enfin. Die geit, of althans het volgens de Nederlandse wetgeving geheel ontvelde karkas ervan, speelt een rol in de finale van de voorstelling Them van Ishmael Houston-Jones. We zagen na afloop het publiek tamelijk aangedaan naar buiten komen.



A Dancehouse podcast series hosted by Angela Conquet and Jana Perkovic, produced for the Keir Choreographic Award 2018.

20 Minute Work Sample

Excerpts from 3 pieces 1/ THEM: dance by Ishmael Houston-Jones, Music by Chris Cochrane, text by Dennis Cooper, performed by Felix Cruz, Joey Cannizzaro, Nial Noel, Jacob Slominski, Enrico D. Wei, Jeremy Pfeiffer, (Arturo Vidich not in clip.), 2010 2/ 12 Love Songs: dot dot dot. collaboration with Ishmael Houston-Jones & Emily Wexler music Nirosta Steel, 2014 3/ Unsafe / Unsuited: collaboration with Keith Hennessy, Ishmael Houston- Jones & Patrick Scully, 1995