Danspace Project Presents Ishmael Houston-Jones’ Parallels

Grab a ride on the 14A and head “uptown” to Danspace Project, at St. Mark’s Church, for PLATFORM 2012: Parallels, the latest chapter in the acclaimed artist-as-curator series. This Platform marks the 30thanniversary of Ishmael Houston-Jones’ groundbreaking piece, Parallels. Houston-Jones, a leading downtown contemporary dance presence for over thirty years, originally presented Parallels at Danspace in 1982 with a stellar group of African-American choreographers who like himself, were creating a new post-modern “black dance…outside of the mainstream of traditional modern dance.”

Today, Houston-Jones revisits his premise and asks “In a time when the President of the United States is the progeny of a Kenyan and a European American, what real meaning do the terms ‘Black,’ ‘Afro-American,’ or ‘African-American’ hold? This week he invites three influential dance artists: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Bebe Miller, and Dean Moss, to curate three distinct evenings in response to his question. Thursday-Saturday, February 16-18, 8:00PM
 $18 ($12 members).