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Ishmael Houston-Jones's plays including biography, theatres, agent, synopses, cast sizes, production and published dates
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Ishmael Houston-Jones, whose intensely physical improvisations have been a staple of New York's contemporary dance scene for over three decades, sparked controversy in 1986 at Performance Space 122 with them. Made in collaboration with Dennis Cooper (text) and Chris Cochrane (music), this incendiary work addressed some of the many ways men could be with men. after a successful run of the work-in-progress at PS122 in 1985 the creators of them felt that the urgency of the aIDS epidemic demanded a presence in this piece about men with men. In the 1986 premier of the full-length version for six male dancers at PS122 Cooper read his own provocative words, and Cochrane played cacophonous electric guitar live; frequently violent and exhausting dance sequences, culminated in a horrific duet between Houston-Jones and an animal carcass on a dusty mattress. the production almost got PS122 shut down.
author Dennis Cooper; music Chris Cochrane; director Ishmael Houston-Jones
150 1st avenue, New York, NY 10003 1986
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Piece. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest
Male: 6 Female: - Other: -
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