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Ishmael Houston-Jones MONDAY TALKS

July 12, Mon 6:30pm
Details
Date:
Monday, July 12, 2021
Time:
6:30PM—7:30PM EDT
Location:
Whyte Hall, 577 Fire Island Boulevard, Fire Island Pines, NY, 11782
FEATURING
Ishmael Houston-Jones
BOFFO welcomes award-winning choreographer and performer Ishmael Houston-Jones to share his work and process with the Fire Island community.

Ishmael Houston-Jones is an award-winning choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Drawn to collaborations as a way to move beyond boundaries and the known, Houston-Jones celebrates the political aspect of cooperation.

Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a 1984 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams, and Ladders, which reintroduced the erased narrative of the Black cowboy back into the mythology of the American West. He was awarded his second “Bessie” Award for the 2010 revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd. In 2020 he received a fourth “Bessie” for Service to the Field of Dance. Houston-Jones is the DraftWork curator for works-in-progress at Danspace Project in New York. He has curated Platform 2012: Parallels which focused on choreographers from the African diaspora and postmodernism and co-curated with Will Rawls Platform 2016: Lost & Found, Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now both at Danspace Project.