Lunchtime in the Studio

Artful Sustenance

Lunchtime in the Studio amplifies the heart of Core Dance’s vision - purposeful artistic risk-taking, invention, community participation, led collaboration, knowledge sharing and enquiry. Lunchtime in the Studio offers the public active engagement and participation in the stimulating environment of Core Dance’s home on the Decatur Square. 

Traditionally, Lunchtime in the Studio is hosted in the intimate setting of the Core Dance Studios on the Decatur Square. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 season Lunchtime in the Studio offerings will contain both an in-person and virtual element. The virtual element will be part of our virtual programming, 1830EST Artists Talk, and will utilize both pre-recorded footage and live zoom discussion.

Upcoming Lunchtime In the Studio: Meet the Artists

Ishmael Houston-Jones, Keith Hennessy and the cast of TRY

Join us for our March Lunchtime in the Studio with Ishmael Houston-Jones, Keith Hennessy and the cast of TRY on March 17th. This event will take place at our studios, 133 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.


Meet the Artists

Ishmael Houston-Jones

Ishmael Houston-Jones’ improvised dance and text work has been performed in world-wide. Drawn to collaborations as a way to move beyond boundaries and the known, Houston-Jones celebrates the political aspect of cooperation. Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a 1984 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders, which reintroduced the erased narrative of the Black cowboy back into the mythology of the American west. He was awarded his second “Bessie” Award for the 2010 revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd. In 2020 he received a fourth “Bessie” for Service to the Field of Dance. Houston-Jones is the DraftWork curator for works-in-progress at Danspace Project in New York. Also at Danspace, he curated Platform 2012: Parallels which focused on choreographers from the African diaspora and postmodernism and co-curated with Will Rawls Platform 2016: Lost & Found, Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now. He has received awards from The Herb Alpert Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and United States Artists.

Keith Hennesey

Keith Hennessy, MFA, PhD, is a dancer, writer, choreographer, witch, and teacher. Raised in Canada, based in San Francisco since 1982, he tours widely. Using improvisation, ritual, collaboration, and protest, Keith instigates embodied experiences that respond to political crises. Hennessy directs Circo Zero, co-founded the dance/art/etc spaces 848 and CounterPulse, and was a member of Sara Mann’s Contraband, 1985-1994. Awards include Guggenheim, USArtist, NY Bessie, and Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and residencies at McDowell, Djerassi, Yaddo, MANCC, Kampnagel, Impulstanz, and Regards et Mouvements. Keith teaches experimental approaches to dance, performance, history, ritual, and healing at dance festivals, universities and independent studios internationally. With a focus on shared power relations Keith’s recent collaborators include Gerald Casel, Annie Danger, J Jha, Snowflake Calvert, Meg Stuart, Peaches, Dohee Lee & Laterna, Sara Shelton Mann, Brontez Purnell, and Nathaniel Moore.

Snowflake Calvert

Snowflake Calvert (Yaqui, Raramuri, and Tzotzil Mayan heritage) is a Two-Spirit artist who serves as the President of QUIL - Queers United for Intersectional Liberation. She produces queer events throughout California and Oregon that allow her to curate a vehicle for political, social, and cultural activism through the artistry of her radical queerness. In addition, she is a professional dancer, teacher, and entrepreneur. She was a member of The Haus of Towers, is affiliated with the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow, teaches decolonization through movement workshops, is the former owner/director of The Dance Zone Studio, hosts Two-Spirit talking circles, and is currently expanding her BIPOC collaborative work of "Seeds and Sequins" with Europa Grace.