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Terrence Luke Johnson

Terrence Luke Johnson has been improvising for thirty-eight years.  He began his performance career improvising at the Church in Ocean Park in the Second City, Viola Spolin, Del Close tradition. In the 80's, he took a vacation from performing and received his Ph.D. in English from UCLA in 1993.  He began doing Contact Improvisation in the mid-70's, and in the mid-90's, he began a second performing career in improvisational dance. Among the choreographers he  has worked with are Monica Favand, Dana Hirsch, Rudy Perez, Kristen Smirowski, Shel Wagner, and Caroline Waters. In 2001, he began separate long-term collaborations with Simone Forti, Carmela Hermann and Caroline Waters. In 2014 he performed in the work of Emily Mast at LACMA and the Hammer Museum and presented his own work at homeLA. He is currently interested in task based performance and using volunteers from the audience.



August 3/10/17, 2014

Exit Strategies: Three Possibilities | studio

Lighting: Filipa Valente. Sound Engineer: Tom Moose. Costumes: image of "Exit Strategy" by Michelle Jane Lee. Performers: Section One, Rebecca Bruno and Luke; Section Two, Luke and volunteers; Section Three, Luke.The fragments that make up the text of Section 3 come from the following writers (in order of appearance): Jibanananda Das, Yehuda Amichai, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Anne Carson, Robert Duncan, Raymond Carver, Catullus, Diane de Prima, Mark Doty, Francisco X. Alarcón, Larry Eigner, Lynn Emanuel, J. V. Foix, Franco Fortini, Fujii Sadakazu, Gilgamesh, Allen Ginsberg, Matthew Arnold, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Bernard Heidsieck, Hemachandra, Pentti Hoplappa, Charles Ives, Max Jacob, Donald Justice, Wassily Kandinsky, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Mina Loy, Mahadeviyakka, James Merrill, Bill Mohr, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, J.H. Prynne, Adrienne Rich, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Anne Sexton, Charles Simic, Gary Snyder, Edith Södergran, Marin Sorescu, Mark Strand, Jack Spicer, Theocritus, Nguyen Quang Thieu, Tomas Tranströmer, Marina Tsvetayeva, Tukaram, Rosmarie Waldrop, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gertrude Stein.



May 21, 2016

Towards a Philosophy of Houses and Homes, First Draft | front garden, Asuka's studio/office, backstairs, kitchen, back garden, living room

Asuka's house is a much grander version of the house I grew up in and it brought back memories and started me thinking about houses and homes and then I came up with my title, "Toward a Philosophy of Houses and Homes, First Draft." It is not a coherent reflection but a series of perceptions: houses as refuge, house as playground, house as work space, etc. The Piece surfaces in the front and back yards, goes underground in Asuka's studio and on the back stairs, has its moment in the small fireplace room, and pops up briefly in the kitchen. My thanks to my fellow performers and collaborators, David Guitierrez, Andrew Lush, Bashir Naim and Reginald Zachary.