Doris Duke Impact Award, 2015
New York, NY
For over three decades, Ishmael Houston-Jones has been one of contemporary dance’s most vital improvisers, collaborators, and contributors. His work THEM (2010) explored “some ways men are with men” (The Village Voice). Recast with a new generation of male performers, it was a provocative reimagining of his 1986 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. Also a scholar, he is the subject of two book chapters: "Speech as Act," in Dances that Describe Themselves (Susan Leigh Foster), and "Crossing the Great Divides" in Taken by Surprise (Ann Cooper Albright and David Gere). As a performer, he has appeared worldwide in his works and in the work of artists such as Miguel Gutierrez, Keith Henessy, and Patrick Scully. He curated Platform 2012 Parallels: Black Choreographers and Postmodernism at Danspace Project, and returns in 2016 with Lost and Found, probing the generation of artists lost to AIDS and the legacy of that loss. He teaches at New York University and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.