James and JF
James and JF is comprised of Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith. They came together as an entity at the end of 2009, after having worked together as part of a larger clown company since 2006. They conjoined with the express purpose of making people laugh with their specific and often absurd brands of observational/imaginary humor. They created Channel One as their first foray onto the stage as this new entity. Channel One has been created over the first part of 2010 and performed in pieces at HERE, The Magnet, Hi Christina, The Moon, Performancy Forum, Galapagos, Bowery Poetry Club and The Tank. The premier of the full-length Channel One was recently performed as part of the New York International Clown Theatre Festival at the Brick Theatre.
Emily James is a performer, writer, clown, multi-media artist and clairvoyant. On stage, she has performed with the Clowns Ex Machina and in a duo with Sulai Lopez. She completed an artist residency in Ilvesjoki, Finland where she created a video piece "Forbidden Fields" and used her love life as the medium for "Not Really Love Letters". She made a series of videos called "Desperately Seeking Johann" and her short movie, "Hairbit," was shown in film festivals in Tennessee and Switzerland. She can currently be seen in the web series “A Show of Tenderness”.
Ishah Janssen-Faith is a performer, clown and writer. She trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier as well as Mick Barnfather, John Wright and members of Theatre de Complicité. In London, she created and performed shows with Bouillabaisse & Silent Noise. In NYC, she has performed various solo clown pieces at HERE, New York Downtown Clown Revue, The Moon and Galapagos. Since 2006, she has created and performed original shows with her company, Coffee Cup, at PS122, Access Theater and Collective:Unconscious; and is part of Clowns Ex Machina, performing at LaMama.