Conversations Without Walls: From the Platform archive: Eiko Otake & Ishmael Houston-Jones – Danspace Project
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Conversations Without Walls: From the Platform archive: Eiko Otake & Ishmael Houston-Jones

Kristin Juarez (left) and Lydia Bell (right) smile and lean against each other on the front steps of St. Mark’s Church.
Kristin Juarez & Lydia Bell, 2018. Photo: Judy Hussie-Taylor.

Monday, June 7 | 5pm
This CWW will take place online. A link will be sent to registrants approximately 30 minutes prior to the event.

Part of PLATFORM 2021: The Dream of the Audience

This CWW between Lydia Bell (creative producer, former Danspace Program Director) and Kristin Juarez (research specialist for the African American Art History Initiative, Getty Research Institute, past Danspace curatorial fellow) revisits Eiko Otake’s Platform 2016: A Body in Places, which illuminated and expanded Otake’s solo project in locations all over NYC’s East Village, and Ishmael Houston-Jones & Will Rawls’ Platform 2016: Lost & Found, which queried the effects of the loss of a generation of artists to AIDS on current dance creation.

In two PLATFORM 2021 Conversations Without Walls, Danspace’s signature long-form conversation series, Bell and Juarez will convene virtually to activate the archives of past Platforms. 


Accessibility: CART live captioning will be provided for all film screenings and conversations. A phone number will be provided so that the Zoom chat may be accessed audibly. Requests, questions, or feedback can be submitted to

Lydia Bell is a Creative Producer based in New York City. She currently works with Leslie Parker Dance Project, Andrew Tay & Stephen Thompson, and Ni’Ja Whitson. From 2015-2020 she was Program Director at Danspace Project, where she collaborated with Judy Hussie-Taylor on programming, publications, and research initiatives. From 2009-2011, Lydia coordinated the three-year tour of the Eiko & Koma Retrospective Project in collaboration with 15 partner venues, including the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Lydia has worked on projects with Movement Research, Sam Miller/OAM Company, and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. She has contributed to publications such as Judson Now (Danspace Project, 2012), Museum and Curatorial Studies Review, and Movement Research Performance Journal and spoken nationally and internationally about her work. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A., Dance and Classics) and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.

Kristin Juarez is the research specialist for the African American Art History Initiative at the Getty Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in moving image studies from Georgia State University specializing in artists’ cinema. Her dissertation “Artistic Gestures: Choreography of the Artist’s Portrait Film” offers a sustained look at the ways visual artists engage choreography and blackness in moving image experiments. Her current collaborative research project focuses on the choreographer Blondell Cummings and will result in the first museum exhibition and book dedicated to the artist.

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