A celebratory potluck Feast! Please bring a special dish to share - maybe it's a family recipe passed for generations, something made from your garden or larder, or somethjing new you want to try and share. Bring the recipe too! Our collected recipes and stories from the week will be collated into SHORE Zine vol. 5 and sent to all Feast participants. Feast features main courses prepared by chef and artist Jen Rae. A celebration of indigenous food and knowledge; ritual, season, timing and story are infused in the menu, respecting place past, present and tomorrow.
Collaborators include Vicki Couzens, Lorna Hannan, Kate Hill.
A celebration of the places where we meet and merge - land and water, performer and audience, art and community, past, present, and future. With Emily Johnson, Margot Basset, Maylene Slater Burns, Ben Hurley, Jacqueline Ward, and a local Choir and Cast of forty.
A curated reading featuring local authors, storytellers, and songwriters, developed in partnership with the BlakWriters' Group Victoria. The reading features original work relating to connections to and disconnections from home, place, land and country. Featuring Vicki Couzens, Dr. Tyson Yunkapurta, Marita Dyson, BlackBirds, Jax Jacki Brown, Angelina Hurley, Kat Clarke, Amy Previch.
SHORE in Lenapehoking presented in partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, New York Live Arts, and The Lenape Center in various locations, April 19-26, 2015.
Grand Marais Art Colony
Friday Feb 27-Sun March 1
Learn how to sew fish-skin, create a fish-skin lantern, and have a feast! Emily is an award-winning choreographer originally from Alaska whose knowledge of fish-skin sewing stems from her experience building an installation of 50 fish-skin lanterns for her dance, Niicugni.
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Saturday February 7, at 7:30pm
Join us for this performance of Niicugni, the second part of our Alaska-inspired trilogy of award-winning performance installations.
Join us as we share just a bit of SHORE in two intimate showings at Gibney Dance Studios. We're sharing select moments from the work as well as a bit of food…some good energy….some love.
Emily Johnson / Catalyst perform their award-winning performance installation, The Thank-you Bar, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this weekend, Friday & Saturday October 24 & 25 - two shows on Friday (7pm & 9:30pm) and two shows on Saturday (2pm matinee and 7pm) followed by a special BLACKFISH concert on Saturday at 9pm. Intimate performances with extremely limited capacity - advance tickets HIGHLY recommended!
Through an approach of perception, movement, improvisation and storytelling, Emily Johnson conducts workshops and classes that bring a heightened awareness of bodily practice and commitment to performance.
Over the course of a week, SHORE includes volunteer actions in partnership with community organizations, a curated reading by local authors, theatrical performances that begin outdoors and move into the theater, and a festive, culminating potluck/Feast. SHORE premieres as part ofNorthrop's grand re-opening celebrations in June 2014, in conjunction with the Dance USA conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Tickets onsale now!
SHORE is our next performance installation, the third in our current trilogy of works that began withThe Thank-you Bar and Niicugni. It will premiere at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis in June 2014.
SHORE will be equal parts volunteerism, storytelling, performance, and feasting.
To celebrate the making of this work and Catalyst's 15 year anniversary we're throwing a party!
We are in Alaska, where Niicugni was born. It is good to bring it home! It's also good to share this place I love with Aretha, James, Heidi, Max, and Russ! As I write this to you, they are out on the ocean with my parents, fishing. Eagles perch on the roof of our theater everyday. We've had breakfast with my grandma, spent time with my niece and nephew, walked on a few beaches. How lucky we are!
I can only tell you what I know.
Niicugni is many things. It is a dance. It is a story made of many. It is a word that instructs us to listen. There is hope here, and death; monsters and laughter, salmon, bear, blood, and a never ending attempt to pay attention.
I think of the land beneath our feet. I think of everyone in the world.
Three years ago, when I saw an exhibit of fish-skin work at the Bunnell St. Gallery in Alaska, I wanted to learn. Harvesting wild salmon has been part of my family's life for thousands of years. I still return every summer for the Sockeye run. We fish, then clean, fillet, de-bone, strip, brine, kippur, freeze, smoke, can, and feast on the fish that will feed our family for the year. There is thankfulness in this process, and now, we also sew.
We are so humbled and honored to have been awarded a Bessie Award for The Thank-you Bar for our November 2011 performances at New York Live Arts. Huge, heartfelt thanks to Carla Peterson and all the NYLA staff, to Aretha Aoki, our NYC "secret" dancer, to everyone who has supported this work, and to everyone who attended the shows - we are really blown away. Emily and James attended the awards ceremony at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, and that alone was a huge thrill.
2012 is nearly half done, can you believe it? And I have been meaning to write to you since it began. Woe! My steady friends who purposefully or inadvertently signed up on my mailing list - either way - oh, my friends I meant to write to you in January, then February, March....and maybe it was a good thing you didn't have another email or two in your inbox - I understand how that is - but I have missed you. I make these dances for you and I think of you all the time! Last week someone told me that it'd been two lifetimes since we'd seen one another. Lives within lives. That's how it goes sometimes.