For a full weekend, “Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd” (November 3-5) was all about John Bernd, Houston-Jones’ muse for this series. Houston-Jones brought in the ineffable, yet reluctant choreographer, Miguel Gutierrez, to help with this one, but once Gutierrez begun, he confirms, “…he became obsessed.” Gutierrez and Houston-Jones with performers, Tony Carlson, Talya Epstein, Alvaro Gonzalez, Charles Gowin, Madison Krekel, Johnnie Cruise Mercer and Alex Rodabaugh, awaken Hearn’s spirit with a deeply-relevant return to the times when Hearn’s works demanded answers and put out questions. Bernd died in 1988 and the Platform title is taken from Bernd’s trio of dances entitled Lost and Found, first performed at Danspace Project in 1981. Houston-Jones and Gutierrez’s journey down memory lane, whether you know Bernd’s work or not, was current. The stillness, the raw response, and intimacy, runs deep.
What is left of this series is not to be missed: An Evening with DANCENOISE with Antonio Ramos, and Brother(hood) Dance! (November 17 -19), and “Conversation Without Walls: Two of Two,” featuring: Allied Productions (Jack Waters & Peter Cramer), Sarah Schulman, Alex Fialho, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jaime Shearn Coan, Katy Pyle, Ali Rosa-Salas, Alex Fialho, DonChristian, Narcissister, Raja Feather Kelly, and Mariana Valencia (November 19). Find out more here