Events – Danspace Project
A faded black and white photo with Soft edges. In the Sanctuary stage of the St. Mark's Church, an older woman sits at a table dying eggs as a young man crawls on all fours behind her.
“Relatives,” (1982) Ishmael Houston-Jones and Pauline Jones. Photo: Paula Moore.

LIVESTREAM: Conversations Without Walls: Ishmael Houston-Jones & Carol Mullins

Livestream: Saturday, August 29 at 12pm (ET)
YouTube link will be posted soon!

Moderated by Judy Hussie-Taylor

Choreographer and curator, Ishmael Houston-Jones and lighting designer, Carol Mullins have long and formative histories at Danspace Project. In this talk the two discuss the 1978 fire at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, the aftermath of that tragedy, and the architectural and programmatic reconstruction of Danspace Project and its shared home in the Sanctuary.

Houston-Jones recalls his humble introduction to Danspace which soon evolved into his curating the 1982 groundbreaking series, Parallels, which included works lit by Mullins. The conversation concludes with a live screening of Relatives (Super-8, short, 1989) directed by Julie Dash and filmed by Arthur JafaRelatives bears witness to a Black mother sharing space and stories of family history with her son as they attend to the tasks of their performance, his choreography cradling them in time.

Initiated in 2011 by Judy Hussie-Taylor and Jenn Joy, Conversations Without Walls (CWW) are long-form, Saturday afternoon, roundtable discussions that provide context and insight into the work of Danspace Project’s artists and Platforms. The nearly decade-long series facilitates intergenerational conversations between writers, scholars, choreographers, and audiences. In this time when our physical doors remain closed and in person gathering is limited we are reimagining the CWW series as a digital program. Each episode of the CWW digital series will be broadcast live on YouTube and ultimately archived for the public on the Danspace Project online Journal.

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Eiko Otake and Joan Jonas. Courtesy Eiko Otake.

LIVESTREAM: Conversations Without Walls: Joan Jonas & Eiko Otake

Livestream: Saturday, September 12th at 12pm (ET)
YouTube link will be posted soon!

Moderated by Judy Hussie-Taylor

The foundation of the conversation between Eiko Otake and Joan Jonas finds these celebrated artists forming a generative and collaborative new friendship. The two discuss the mutual influence of Japanese theater, dance, and literature on their work as they offer insight into making new work and connections in the maturity of their careers.

Both artists have long histories of creating work that engages deeply with site and experiments with viewership; how the work is experienced and how the viewer experiences themselves within it—the performance or audience might be placed outside, observing from a long distance, or within a very small grouping—configurations of presentation that pose hopeful possibilities for future works in this unprecedented time of physical distance.

Initiated in 2011 by Judy Hussie-Taylor and Jenn Joy, Conversations Without Walls (CWW) are long-form, Saturday afternoon, roundtable discussions that provide context and insight into the work of Danspace Project’s artists and Platforms. The nearly decade-long series facilitates intergenerational conversations between writers, scholars, choreographers, and audiences. In this time when our physical doors remain closed and in person gathering is limited we are reimagining the CWW series as a digital program. Each episode of the CWW digital series will be broadcast live on YouTube and ultimately archived for the public on the Danspace Project online Journal.

More about the Conversations Without Walls series

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