Saturday, May 14, 2016
CHRIS COCHRANE / DENNIS COOPER / ISHMAEL HOUSTON-JONES - THEM
CHRIS COCHRANE / DENNIS COOPER / ISHMAEL HOUSTON-JONES - THEM (2011)
(*from redcat.org - This powerful re-staging of THEM, an incendiary work of dance theater that premiered in 1986, won a coveted Bessie Award last year for “bringing an intensely visceral exploration of male identity in the time of AIDS to life with beauty, power, conviction and passion.” Conceived and directed by choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane, THEM takes an unblinking look at the lives of young gay men in a harrowing, uncertain time. The original collaborators are joined onstage by six young male performers, amplifying themes of youth and survival, while transmitting a legacy of loss with ferocious energy and unforgettable imagery. Propelled by Cochrane’s hard-driving live score and Cooper’s ever-provocative texts, the dancers take to the action with menacing force.)
I'm posting this mainly because my favorite writer, Dennis Cooper, is involved. As a strictly audio experience, this comes across as something very Lee Ranaldo/Sonic Youth-esque, with a really dark, bitter and depressing edge. I'd like to experience the full performance myself, but, unfortunately, that will never happen unless it is released on a DVD/Blu-Ray format. Until then, there's always this 99-second trailer on YouTube.
1. Pre Show
3. Ish Solo
4. I Saw Them Once
6. Dead Friends / Blood
7. I Met Julian Andes, 19, In Line
8. Circle Duets / Masturbation / Fag Bash
9. I Knock At My Bedroom Door
11. Film Loop
13. Lymph Nodes
zip file: 104.62 MB
Get it HERE!