Production Details / Press Releases
»I saw them once
I don’t know when or who they were
I’m too far away
I remember certain things
What they wore
I wanted them to know something
It still matters
I thought about love
I put such incredible faith in the future
I can’t believe I once felt
I wish I had taken a photo
I could rip it up.«
(Dennis Cooper, Finale of »THEM«)
Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher and arts activist. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York City, across the United States, in Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America. From 1995-2000 he was part of the improvised trio Unsafe/Unsuited with Keith Hennessy and Patrick Scully. In 1984 Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance »Bessie Award« for their performance »Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders«. In 2010, Performance Space 122 and the New Museum supported the reconstruction of »THEM«. The piece has since been presented at the American Realness Festival (New York, NY), Springdance (Utrecht, NL) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, France). The reconstruction of »THEM« received a »Bessie Award« in 2011.
Chris Cochrane is a guitarist who has been composing and playing music in New York City for 29 years. He has played with Zeena Parkins, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Eszter Balint, Thurston Moore, Mike Patton, Henry Kaiser, Andrea Centazzo, Annie Gosfield, Tim Hodgkinson, Miguel Frasconi, Richard Buckner, Davey Williams, Ladonna Smith, Jim Pugliese and many others. He has composed music for John Jasperse, Neil Greenberg, Nayland Blake, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, Circus Amok and others. Chris Cochrane was in the bands »No Safety« and »Curlew«.
Dennis Cooper is a novelist, poet, critic, curator and an ongoing collaborator with the French theater director and artist Gisèle Vienne. Vienne and Cooper’s latest work »Last Spring, a Prequel« was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. The duo recently co-curated »Teenage Hallucination«, a three week-long festival of art, performance, music and lectures for the Centre Pompidou. Cooper’s eleven published novels include »The George Miles Cycle«, an interconnected sequence of five novels, »My Loose Thread«, »God Jr.«, »The Sluts« (winner of the Prix Sade and the Lambda Literary Award) and, most recently, »The Marbled Swarm« (2011). His books have been translated into nineteen languages.
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT: Chris Cochrane, Dennis Cooper, Ishmael Houston-Jones
CHOREOGRAPHY (IN COOPERATION WITH PERFORMERS): Ishmael Houston-Jones
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Chris Cochrane
TEXT: Dennis Cooper
With: Joey Cannizzaro, Felix Cruz, Niall Noel Jones, Jeremy Pheiffer, Jacob Slominski, Arturo Vidich, Enrico D. Wey
LIGHT: Joe Levasseur
PRODUCTION AUTHOR: Jonathan Walker
MANAGEMENT: Ben Pryor / tbspMGMT
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»THEM« was awarded the New York Dance and Performance Award in 2011.
Tanz im August 2012
Organizer: Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH / TanzWerkstatt Berlin – Management Moritz van Dülmen, Hebbel am Ufer – Artistic Director / Management Matthias Lilienthal
Artistic director: Ulrike Becker, Dr. Pirkko Husemann, Matthias Lilienthal, André Thériault, Marion Ziemann
Production management: Nina Klöckner, Anna Wagner, Marion Ziemann
Tanz im August is supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)
Hallesches Ufer 32
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)