IONE is the recipient of the 2019 Arts Mid Hudson Individual Artists Award and a Certificate of Merit from the General Assembly of the State of New York.
IONE is an author / playwright / director and an improvising text-sound artist. She has taught and performed throughout the world with her partner and spouse of 30 years, Pauline Oliveros. Pauline and IONE have created four large music theater works together Including Njinga the Queen King; The Return of a Warrior (BAM’s Next Wave Festival) and Io and Her and the Trouble with HIm; A Dance Opera in Primeval Time- U of Wisconsin’s Union Theater and The Lunar Opera: Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Oracle Bones, Mirror Dreams, and the film Dreams of the Jungfrau. Oliveros and Ione's The Nubian Word for Flowers; a Phantom Opera, opened to critical acclaim at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, November, 2017. The opera, is an international collaboration including US, European and Egyptian artists.
IONE's memoir, Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color, was a New York Times Notable Book on its publication. A journalist for many years IONE, published in major magazines and newspapers throughout the 80s including The Village Voice, The Gannett Chain, and Vogue. Other works include Listening in Dreams, Piramida Negra, Nile Night, and Spell Breaking 1 and 2 Anthologies. She was Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. for 15 years and currently is a Deep Listening Certification Instructor at the Center for Deep Listening in Troy, NY. As Founding Director of M.o.M., Inc. (The Ministry of Maåt), in Kingston, NY since 1997, IONE teaches workshops and seminars throughout the world, encouraging and supporting women’s well-being and sustaining a vibrant international community of writers, visual artists, and musicians.
An Unfinished ‘Phantom Opera’ Is Completed With Love
Pauline Oliveros died last year, leaving “The Nubian Word for Flowers.” The surreal meditation on colonialism that she created with her partner, IONE, debuted on Thursday November 30th.
By Thomas May, Nov. 24, 2017, NY Times
WATCH: Trailer for The Nubian Word for Flowers