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Interview with Daniel Alexander Jones (2016)

Interview with Daniel Alexander Jones (2016) HIDVL
In this conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Daniel Alexander Jones discusses art, politics, pedagogy, life, and why artists do what they do. Jones explains elements of his craft, such as that he felt motivated to work outside the structures of mainstream performance art and that his ideas unfold over the course of the creative process. This has allowed Jones to wear multiple hats: writer, improviser, performer, singer, director, designer, etc. Jones assumes the role of Jomama Jones, an 80's diva from the future who leaves the U.S. during the Reagan era, and is the medium through which Jones can transmit her messages of inquiry, challenge, inspiration, confrontation, and love. Through Jomama, Jones challenges the spectator to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. On his process, Jones states that he prevers to leave room for improvisation rather than rehearsing in a rigid way. Further discussion topics include the concept of safe-spaces, the flow of education, and the necessary pain of solidarity.


Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. He has dissolved boundaries and explored radical presence for over 20 years through his dynamic, interdisciplinary practice. His body of work is unified by its consistent regard for human complexity, its commitment to kindness and generosity at its core, and by its faith in the power of live art to foster empathic communication. Jones's work is best described as Afromysticism. He is a significant contributor to the development of The Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic, Jones employs collaboration, risk and spontaneity in the crafting and presentation of his work. An award-winning performer, writer and director, American Theatre Magazine named him "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decades to come." His unconventional body of work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths, Phoenix Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and Lena) and devised work (Qualities of Light, Clayangels). In collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Daniel, as his "alter-ego" Jomama Jones (called "a true theatrical original" by Backstage Magazine), has released the albums Lone Star and Radiate; has performed in concert at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space; and sold out a theatrical run of the critically acclaimed show Radiate, directed by Kym Moore at Soho Rep.


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Additional Info

  • TItle: Daniel Alexander Jones
  • Date: November 11, 2016
  • Location: (Hemi Office) New York, New York
  • Interviewee: Daniel Alexander Jones
  • Interviewer: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio
  • Duration: 1:13:43
  • Language: English