Conversations Without Walls: Ishmael Houston-Jones & Carol Mullins
September 3, 2020
This conversation was recorded on May 19, 2020 and first broadcasted on YouTube Live Saturday, August 29, 2020
The first of the 2020 Conversations Without Walls (CWW) digital series features award-winning choreographer, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and award-winning lighting designer, Carol Mullins, and facilitated by Danspace Project Executive Director & Chief Curator, Judy Hussie-Taylor. These three old friends discuss over four decades of history at Danspace Project, the reconstruction of the St. Mark’s church after the 1978 fire, Houston-Jones’ groundbreaking 1982 series, Parallels, unfinished trilogies, the evocative smell of mothballs, and a mother’s improvisational story telling. The conversation concludes with a screening of Houston-Jones’ work Relatives (Super-8, short, 1989), film by Julie Dash and Arthur Jafa.
Included in this CWW:
- 1978 fire at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
- The Founding of Danspace Project (1974) and co-founder Larry Fagin
- The Natural History of the American Dancer by Carmen Beuchat, Suzanne Harris, Cynthia Hedstrom, Rachel Lew, Barbara Lloyd (Dilley), and Judy Padow (Danspace Project, 1974)
- Get Wreck by Andy de Groat (Danspace Project, 1978)
- Judson Dance Theater Reconstructions organized by Cynthia Hedstrom and Wendy Perron (Danspace Project, 1982)
- Reverend William Norman Guthrie ( Rector of the St. Mark’s Church from 1911 – 1937)
- Dancer and choreographer, John Bernd (May 8, 1953 – August 28, 1988)
- Allen Ginsberg and Robert Lowell
- Relatives by Ishmael Houston-Jones: Part II: Relatives by Ishmael Houston-Jones (Danspace Project, 1982), Relatives, (Super-8, short, 1989): Ishmael Houston-Jones, Director: Julie Dash, Cinematographer: Arthur Jafa, Sound: Steve Coleman. Performed with Pauline Jones. Commissioned by Alive From Off Center Television.
- Parallels series (Danspace Project, 1982): Gus Solomons jr., Rrata Christine Jones, Blondell Cummings, Fred Holland, Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (added to the series for the European tour).
- Parallels in Black tour to Paris, Geneva and London (1987)
- PLATFORM 2012: Parallels (Danspace Project, 2012)
- Archives of the New York Public Library for The Performing Arts.