Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie explores the lifelong “soul love” that Brooklyn-based performer Raquel Cion has for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones's humanity. Cion's personal stories and the deep cuts of Bowie's diverse catalog rocket us through the inner space of this "half witch, half cabaret performer" (The New York Times): growing up as an outsider, navigating the celestial realms of love, mid-life crisis, loss, and creatively moving through cancer.
Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie first walked the boards in early 2015 with a Bowie-inspired couture gown at NYC's legendary Judson Memorial Church. In June, Me & Mr. Jones moved to the PIT Loft NYC, overselling within two days. The Slipper Room production in November garnered a 2015 New York Cabaret Award nomination for “Best Alt Cabaret Show,” with Cion being named a finalist for her stunning performance.
After Bowie’s death from cancer on January 10th, 2016, Me & Mr. Jones was invited back for a Spring residency at The Slipper Room. In September, Cion's world was shaken by her own cancer diagnosis a week before bringing the show to Provincetown's prestigious Afterglow Festival.
Throughout the past year Cion has been a featured performer at Bowie tribute shows throughout NYC. Now on the other side of treatment, she is actively discovering new depths of meaning to Bowie's work and her own mission as an artist.
Photo: Steven Menendez