Ishmael Houston-Jones & Emily Wexler
Choreographer/performers Ishmael Houston-Jones and Emily Wexler will present the NC premiere of their first evening-length collaboration, 13 Love Songs: dot dot dot. Separated by a generation, he's in his 60s, she in her 30s, and differing in gender and ethnicity, male, female; black, white, these two innovative dance artists have found common ground in their mutual belief that the pop love song is corrosive. Houston-Jones and Wexler have researched the lyrics of a trove of pop songs by a host of pop artists as divergent as Bryan Adams and Mary J. Blige, Ja Rule and Stephin Merritt, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, and of course Madonna. They have narrowed their playlist to 13 (or maybe 14 or more). It won't be pretty, it won't be polite, but there will be knives. Mature audiences recommended due to language.