FSU Alumnus Choreographic Fellow | Dec 3- 14, 2012 I March 3-9, 2013
Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only)
While on sabbatical from Dance Center of Columbia College, Jones spent multiple weeks at MANCC working alone, with students, and with his cast of Chicago-based performers, organizing a new evening length work, Hoo-Ha. His investigations, initially rooted in voguing, continue to evolve toward the subversive energy that this dance form imparts. At MANCC, Jones examined his own physical and sonic choices surrounding this form of feminized ritual performance and the function it serves for the individual/community. “It’s about how you attack the movement. The severity with which you use your body is what is emphasized. The body is almost used like a weapon.”
New York-based playwright, director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks joined Jones to assist in the creation of the piece. Wilks spoke to FSU students, faculty and visiting artists during a MANCC class about the emerging field of dance dramaturgy. Jones met with Ethnomusicology graduate student, Carlos Odria to examine the genderization of sound in the body and the role that sound will play in the new work. The residency culminated in a Participant-Observer Rehearsal attended by students and faculty across campus in which Jones exposed the dramaturg/choreographer experience and solicited feedback on the evolving work.
While Hoo-Ha is not about the recent loss of his prestigious father and founder of the Black Studies Program at FSU, Dr. William Jones, Jones admits his time spent this year in Tallahassee and at MANCC, as well as his current work with Ralph Lemon and Bebe Miller provided influential lenses in his working process.
Hoo-Ha will premiere at Danspace Project May 23-25, 2013.