US V THEM presents an evening of performance from young improvisers of today. Curated by THEM director and choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones, US V THEM features the work of those who keeping the practice of improvisation and improvised performance alive and well.
For US V THEM Ishmael Houston Jones has curated five male dance artists, Felix Cruz, Niall Noel, Brandin Steffensen, Arturo Vidich, and Enrico Wey, who in a variety of ways demonstrate how the diverse techniques of improvisation can be used to create work. The practices they employ include contact improvisation, street dancing, vogueing, dancing with visual art objects, an extension of more traditional modern dance, and several other avenues of approach.
“I’ve known them in different contexts: some have been students of mine, some have appeared in my work; some I’ve seen in performance; and some I’ve jammed with. They range in age from early twenties to early thirties. One has lived in New York all his life; another is newly arrived here. They make very different kinds of work, one from the other but in each of them I see a continuation of the kinds of movement experimentation and research I was exploring as a dance-maker thirty years ago.” —Ishmael Houston-Jones