Over the course of an extended rehearsal process at the New Museum, director/choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones revisits the seminal work THEM, an intensely visceral interdisciplinary collaboration with Dennis Cooper (text) and Chris Cochrane (music), originally presented at Performance Space 122 in 1986. The rehearsals at the New Museum culminate in a series of programs collectively titled THEM AND NOW, exploring the artistic impulses that propelled the creation of this “aggressive and vital” (Village Voice) performance work and its reconstruction twenty-five years later. Immediately following the New Museum residency, THEM will have its 2010 premiere at Performance Space 122 October 21–30, 2010.
Cast: Joey Cannizzaro, Felix Cruz, Jeremy Pheiffer, Niall Noel, Jacob Slominski, Arturo Vidich, Enrico D. Wey; Lighting Design: Joe Levasseur
Ishmael Houston-Jones has been a fixture of the New York dance community for more than three decades. His intensely personal and physically exhausting improvisations helped to redefine the language of dance in the post-Judson Church 1980s and continue to set a standard for authenticity and vulnerability on stage. As a curator, teacher, and writer, Houston-Jones has nurtured the voices of many emerging choreographers, performance artists, and artists from other disciplines, several of whom have gone on to become collaborators.
THEM TODAY: Open Rehearsals
Thursday, Sept 30: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 3: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 7: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 10: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
THEM TODAY is a series of open rehearsal hours that will allow the public an unprecedented glimpse into the recreation of this seminal work. For the RE:NEW RE:PLAY reconstruction residency, the three creators have recast THEM with a new generation of male performers. Is the social/political climate of 1985 so different than that of today? Will the poetics of the work resonate in the same way? What does it mean to revive a work that was largely improvisational? These are some of the questions Houston-Jones and his collaborators are wrestling with in this process. Come see for yourself how they are doing.