Ishmael Houston-Jones

Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator whose
improvised dance and text work has been performed world-wide. In 1984 Houston-Jones and
Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie Award” for their Cowboys,
Dreams and Ladders. His second “Bessie” was won in 2011 for the reimagining of THEM, his
1986 collaboration with composer Chris Cochrane and author Dennis Cooper. Houston-Jones
shared his third “Bessie” with Miguel Gutierrez, Nick Hallett, and Jennifer Monson 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. Four
years later he co-curated Platform 2016: Lost and Found – Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then
and Now with choreographer Will Rawls. 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. His first book, FAT and Other Stories
was published in 2018 by Yonkers International Press. Houston-Jones teaches at New York
University’s Tisch School of the Arts and at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Upcoming Classes & Events


Past Classes & Events

MELT–Improvising Choreography / Choreographing Improvisation

Jul 9 – Jul 13, 2018
melt

Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 23, 2017
performance

Improvising Choreography / Choreographing Improvisation

Jan 2 – Jan 6, 2017
melt