Ishmael Houston-Jones

Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator whose improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York City, across the United States, in Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America. In 1984 Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie Award” for their Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. In 2011 he won another “Bessie Award” for the reimagining of THEM, his 1986 collaboration with composer Chris Cochrane and author Dennis Cooper. Houston-Jones was awarded his third “Bessie” in 2017 for Variations on Themes from Lost and Found and Other Works by John Bernd. Houston-Jones curated Platform 2012: Parallels that examined Black dance makers and Postmodernism and he curated Platform 2016: Lost and Found that investigated the effect that the loss of a generation of artists from HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 90s has had on work made by young queer artists today. Both platforms were held at Danspace Project in New York. Ishmael Houston-Jones' essays, interviews, and performance texts have been anthologized in numerous books, magazines and journals.

Past Classes & Events

MELT–Improvising Choreography / Choreographing Improvisation

Jul 9 – Jul 13, 2018

Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 23, 2017

Improvising Choreography / Choreographing Improvisation

Jan 2 – Jan 6, 2017