Nov
12
Dec 15

Minneapolis Sewing Bees

Join us for upcoming Community Sewing Bees to help create the quilts
for Then A Cunning Voice !

We will be holding Saturday morning Sewing Bees at Two Rivers Gallery and
Thursday evening Sewing Bees at Studio 375 at Northrup King Building.
Please join us for any or all of them!

Sewing Bees at Two Rivers Gallery (1530 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis MN 55404) from 12-5pm on Saturdays in 2016:
 November 12 | December 10

 

Sewing Bees at The Northrup King Building (1500 Jackson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 in Studio #375) from 6-8pm on Thursdays in 2016:

November 17 | December 1 & 15

ALL ARE WELCOME. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
We provide all materials as well as beverages and snacks. Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share.
We hope to see you there! Please contact info@catalystdance.com with any questions.

Umyuangvigkaq: PS122 Long Table and Durational Sewing Bee
Jan
8
11:30 am11:30

Umyuangvigkaq: PS122 Long Table and Durational Sewing Bee

  • Ace Hotel New York

Let’s create a just and equitable world. Let’s spend some good time together doing so. Let’s chew our words, share them, listen. Let’s be okay when we don’t know. Let’s be supple and brave in our questions and our findings.

Umyuangvigkaq is a place to gather ideas. Here we will recognize and celebrate indigenous people, artists, art, methods, and audiences. We will stitch together a quilt of conversation, ideas, and fabrics. We will acknowledge indigeneity as we work to indigenize the performing arts world and the world at large.

Come with ready hearts. Come all day or for a stitch. Every 2 hours we’ll shift a conversation to a new critical topic engaging the intersections of the Indigenous with contemporary American culture. This durational sewing bee underpins a large-scale experiment in public engagement and sewing culminating in an all-night, outdoor performance event in 2017,  Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars, created by Emily Johnson/Catalyst.

Apr
1
Aug 31

Then A Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing At Stars (Stargazing)

Photo by: Jonathan Godoy

Photo by: Jonathan Godoy

THEN A CUNNING VOICE AND A NIGHT WE SPEND GAZING AT STARS is a multi-year project dedicated to building an all-night outdoor performance gathering. The work includes in equal measure: making quilts, performance, storytelling, song, and a night outdoors under the sky. It relies upon people coming together to voice intentions, witness, work, experience time, rest, and imagine.

This will be a night of restful unfolding and engaged citizenship. Simply put, we need to practice spending time together. In this practice we find kinship with each other and relationship between our bodies, land, sky and stars. In its most joyful intentions Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars radically roots us in community so we can envision possibility. It is possible to end racism. It is possible to make a just and equitable world. It is not easy, but it is celebratory, to come together like this.

In the coming two years, join us as we hand-piece and stitch 84 quilts in Community Sewing Bees. Join us to walk as we research how to encourage rest for our eventual night of Stargazing.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

April 14th 2017: Williamstown, MA (preview)
August 18th 2017: New York City, NY
October 2017: San Fransisco, CA
May 2018: Melbourne, Australia
August 2018: Chicago, IL

(Specific Information TBD)

SHORE: Story
May
6
May 7

SHORE: Story

  • Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

Home is not static. It ebbs and flows. Advances and recedes. That’s the beauty of it. It’s not about a house or a static idea. Home is a movement. – Bao Phi, SHORE: Minneapolis

The second component, SHORE: Story, is a curated reading by local authors. Developed in partnership with the Black Writers' Group, Victoria, local writers, and curated by Emily Johnson/Catalyst, the reading features original work relating to home, place, land and country. Writers, poets and storytellers will give voice to the infinite associations, connections and disconnections people have with, to and from, place and country. Conjured in the moment of reading to create a vital, localised context for our stories, memories and definitions of home, SHORE: Storypowerfully explores displacement, belonging, our innate desire for connection, and how we locate home against an ever-shifting shoreline.

SUPPER CLUB - Yirramboi Festival
May
9
7:00 pm19:00

SUPPER CLUB - Yirramboi Festival

  • Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

Following the Long Water Open Studio, there will be a special YIRRAMBOI Supper Club, featuring female artists from across Arts House program including Hannah Donnelly, Genevieve Grieves and Emily Johnson

The Violence of Denial Public Talks
May
11
May 13

The Violence of Denial Public Talks

  • Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
Colonising histories surround us: they are evident in the names of streets, the statues of people that represent our past and the memorials where we are encouraged to remember. These memorial landscapes largely represent white, male narratives and are focussed on supporting the act and continuation of conquest.

The Violence of Denial is a creative collaboration and exhibition by Aboriginal women – facilitated by Worimi artist, filmmaker and storyteller Genevieve Grieves (lament) – who come together to intervene in colonising narratives and landscapes. Together, they resist, reframe and undermine these representations, shifting local and national narratives of belonging and place. Their existing and new screen-based interventions interrogate histories, transforming the present, past and the future.
SHORE presented by Arts House
May
13
7:30 pm19:30

SHORE presented by Arts House

  • Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

In SHORE: Performance Emily Johnson takes you by the hand and leads you through the city.

Starting in Narrm Melbourne’s iconic Royal Park and winding its way through North Melbourne to Arts House, SHORE: Performance merges the powerful pull of place and history with movement, installation, sound and voice to create a dreamlike, immersive, and multi-sensory experience of connection and yearning.

Johnson, joined by a 40-strong local choir and a large group of professional and community dancers, joyfully jolts us into the moment and asks us to both grapple with, and give ourselves over to, the ever-shifting, uncertain and essentially communal process of identity-making. On an open, unmasked stage, the performance moves between the intimate and mythical, contemplative and frenetic, individual and communal, offering new ways of seeing, being and connecting.

Artist, shaman, trickster, creature – Johnson and her collaborators take on many forms. Dream, memory and history meet in this transcendent, mysteriously beautiful, and fiercely alive performance.

SHORE: Feast
May
14
1:00 pm13:00

SHORE: Feast

  • Arts House, Meat Market
I want us to take more time with and for each other and the world. I want us to relish gathering together. I want us to see performance as a vital part of this, as a vital part of understanding and paying attention to the world and all of the stories in it. – Emily Johnson

SHORE: Feast is a potluck celebration.

Inspired by Johnson’s childhood, where her extended family would gather for harvest, SHORE: Feast invites you to dinner.

Everyone is asked to prepare and contribute a dish that has a special meaning or story behind it, and then share the recipe with others. These recipes will be collected on the day and then be compiled into a SHORE Zine, and sent to all who have attended.

Marking the final event for SHORE and coinciding with the last day of the Yirramboi Festival, SHORE: Feastwill see dancers, artists, writers, gardeners, children, families, audience and community members gather at the table to break bread, share their SHORE experiences, and eat delicious, homemade food.

Honouring the simple act of a shared meal, SHORE: Feast reconnects us to our sense of community, the rituals of foodmaking, the plants and animals that feed us, and the joy of celebration.

All are welcome.

Nov
18
Nov 22

New York Sewing Bees

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Join us for upcoming Community Sewing Bees to help create the quilts
for Then A Cunning Voice !

Please join us for any or all of them!

We will be holding Community Sewing Bee events at:

Gibney Dance
(890 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003)
November 18: 10am-2pm
November 22: 7-9pm


ALL ARE WELCOME. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
We provide all materials as well as beverages and snacks. Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share.
We hope to see you there! Please contact info@catalystdance.com with any questions.

Jun
11
Jun 12

Then a Cunning Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at Stars at Northern Spark

Join us at Northern Spark on June 11th for an all-night Community Sewing Bee, as a part of our current project, Then a Cunning Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at Stars. 

We are creating a series of 84 hand sewn quilts. When completed, the quilts will be laid outdoors for an all night performance filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing! For more information on the project please visit www.catalystdance.com/then-a-cunning-voice/

ALL ARE WELCOME. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! All materials are provided. 

June 11, 2016
9:00pm-5:25am (June 12)
Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis, MN

To volunteer, email julia@catalystdance.com
 



 

May
20
May 22

Community Sewing Bee at Art-A-Whirl

Emily Johnson's Then a Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at Stars Residency at MANCC. Photo by Chris Cameron

Emily Johnson's Then a Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at Stars Residency at MANCC. Photo by Chris Cameron

Join us with Textile Artist Maggie Thompson for a weekend-long sewing bee during Art-A-Whirl! 

Emily Johnson/Catalyst is creating a series of hand sewn quilts. When completed, the quilts will be laid outdoors for an all night performance filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing! 

ALL ARE WELCOME NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

We provide all materials. Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share.

Join us at the Northrop King Building, Studio 375:
Friday, May 20th from 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st from Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22nd from Noon-5:00 p.m

We look forward to seeing you there!

FABRIC DONATIONS WELCOME!

 

SHORE in Dᶻidᶻelaľic̆/ Dkhw'Duw'Absh (Seattle)
Oct
11
Oct 18

SHORE in Dᶻidᶻelaľic̆/ Dkhw'Duw'Absh (Seattle)

SHORE is the third in a trilogy of works that began with the New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" award-winning The Thank-you Bar and continued with the ten-city tour of Niicugni

SHORE expands beyond the theater into the world. Over the course of a week, SHORE includes four equal parts: COMMUNITY ACTION (volunteerism) in partnership with community organizations; STORY (a curated reading); PERFORMANCE that begins outdoors and moves into a theater; and a festive, culminating potluck FEAST to which participants bring the stories and recipes of the dishes they bring to share.

"I embrace SHORE’s humble directives—take action; listen to one another’s stories; open your heart to dreams, dance, and song; feed one another; come together and celebrate—practice being in community." - Eleanor Savage, SHORE Essay

SHORE: Story (curated reading)

Sunday, October 11, 7pm
Hugo House
1634 11th Ave,
Seattle, WA 98122
Free, registration requested
RSVP here

Presented in partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, On the Boards and Hugo House

Local authors and their Stories. Stories. Stories. Let's listen. Curated by Emily Johnson, featuring Quenton Baker, Margot Kahn Case, Roger Fernandez, Shin Yu Pai, Juliet Waller Pruzan, Hugo House Summer Scribes, and Red Eagle Soaring. 

SHORE: Community Action (volunteerism)

In service of Indigenous People's Day Celebration at Daybreak Star Cultural Center.
Monday, October 12, 12pm-10:30pm
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
5011 Bernie Whitebear Way
Seattle, WA 98199
Free, registration requested
RSVP here

Presented in partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, On the Boards and Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

This is Seattle's Second Annual Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration at the historic Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center! Last year, the Seattle Native community was successful in getting the City of Seattle to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day in Seattle.  On October 12th we celebrate our Native and Indigenous cultures with Aztec dancers, Tlinigit singers, round dancing and more!

Volunteer to support. Sign up for a specific time/activity or help out all day!

12:00 - 3:00pm
Weeding and caretaking of the indigenous plants in the Bernie Whitebear Botanical Garden (please bring gardening gloves and trowels)

3:00 - 5:00pm
Set up Daybreak Star for 300 guests

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Serving dinner to elders and public

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM,
Cultural Performances
No volunteers needed, all are welcome to attend!

9:00 - 10:30pm
Clean up

SHORE: Performance

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct 15-17, 8pm
On The Boards Mainstage
100 W Roy St
Seattle, WA 98119

Presented in partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst and On The Boards

We'll begin outside then walk together to the theater at On The Boards. SHORE: PERFORMANCE features Aretha Aoki, Margot Bassett, Emily Johnson, Krista Langberg, Julia Bither, The SHORE Choir, and a large local cast of dancers. Directed by Ain Gordon. 

The Dᶻidᶻelaľic̆  SHORE Choir: Colin Ernst, Maria Henandez, Nikolai Lesnikov,Colleen McNeary, Kate Pope, Rachel Kessler, Rafael/a Luna-Pizano, Roldy Ablao, Shannon Adkins

The Dᶻidᶻelaľic̆  Large Cast: Annamarie Bustion, Arlene Martin, Ella Mahler, Sabina Moe, Erin Johnson, Hilary Bowen, Kate O'Day, Lindsey Palmquist, LindsyAnne Owen, Petra Zanki

MAP and DIRECTIONS:
SHORE will begin at 8pm a block away from OtB (see map below) with an outdoor performance with local singers and dancers. We will talk together to the theater.

 

SHORE: Feast (celebratory potluck)

Sunday, October 18, 2-6pm
The Daybreak Star Cultural Center
5011 Bernie Whitebear Way,
Seattle, WA 98199
Free, registration requested
RSVP here

Presented in partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, On the Boards and The Daybreak Star Cultural Center

Gather with us for a potluck feast! Join us for a shared performances by Red Eagle Soaring and Storyteller Roger Fernandez. We will be led on an art tour of the center's permanent collection and herb walk around the Bernie Whitebear Botanical Gardens. Take part in salmon-skin sewing demonstration and Salmon egg paint-making. Bring a dish to share! Bring your dishes, forks and spoons! Recipes, photos and stories will be collected in handmade zines that will be mailed to all attendees of Feast. 

SHORE in Yelamu (San Francisco)
Aug
2
Aug 8

SHORE in Yelamu (San Francisco)

SHORE in Yelamu (San Francisco), in support of an indigenous community week long culture camp

SHORE is a celebration of the places where we meet and merge — land and water, performer and audience, art and community, past, present, and future. Presented in partnership with ODC Theater, Catalyst Dance, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Native American Cultural Fund, The Ohlone Profile Project, The Literacy for Environmental Justice, the SF Arts Commission and the Candlestick Point State Park/Golden Gate National Park Conservancy.  

Join us for a performance installation in equal parts : 

SHORE: Story (curated reading)
Saturday August 1, 8pm
Red Poppy Art Center
2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Free, registration requested.
Register Here. 

Local authors and their Stories. Stories. Stories. Let's listen. Curated by Emily Johnson.

SHORE: Story (curated reading)
Sunday August 2, 7pm
Rob Hill Campground
1475 Central Magazine Rd. San Francisco Presidio 
Free, registration requested.
Register Here. 

Local authors and their Stories. Stories. Stories. Let's listen. Curated by Emily Johnson.

SHORE: Community Action (volunteerism)
in partnership with Literacy for Environmental Justice 
Wednesday, August 5, 10am-4pm
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, near Cove Point 
Outdoor event, please dress for the weather
Free, registration requested.
Register Here. 

Join us in the nursery and at a restoration site with the chance to transform a small hill with invasive plants into one with indigenous plants. We will learn songs and material culture related to some of these plants. 


SHORE: Performance (indoor/outdoor installation)
Thursday August 6th & Friday August 7th 8pm
ODC
**Meet in Clarion Alley, corner of Mission and Clarion Alley (In between 17th and 18th Streets)**
Ticket reservations here. 

We'll begin at Clarion Alley then walk together to the theater at ODC. SHORE: PERFORMANCE features Aretha Aoki, Emily Johnson, Krista Langberg, Julia Bither, The SHORE Choir, and a large local cast of dancers. Directed by Ain Gordon. 


SHORE: Outdoor installation
Saturday August 8th, 2pm
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
1150 Carroll Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
Free

Join us at Candlestick Point for the outdoor performance of SHORE and stay for the celebratory potluck at 5pm!

SHORE: Feast (celebratory potluck)
Saturday August 8th, 5-8pm
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
1150 Carroll Ave
an Francisco, CA 94124
Free, registration requested. 
Register Here. 

Gather with us for a celebratory potluck feast! Bring a dish and the recipe to share. Bring your dishes, forks, and spoons! 

 

SHORE: Homer at Tuggeght
Jun
9
Jun 13

SHORE: Homer at Tuggeght

SHORE is the third in a trilogy of works that began with the New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" award-winning The Thank-you Bar and continued with the ten-city tour of Niicugni. 

SHORE expands beyond the theater into the world. Over the course of a week, SHORE includes four equal parts: COMMUNITY ACTION (volunteerism) in partnership with community organizations; STORY (a curated reading); PERFORMANCE that begins outdoors and moves into a theater; and a festive, culminating potluck FEAST to which participants bring the stories and recipes of the dishes they bring to share.

"I embrace SHORE’s humble directives—take action; listen to one another’s stories; open your heart to dreams, dance, and song; feed one another; come together and celebrate—practice being in community." - Eleanor Savage, SHORE Essay

SHORE comes to Homer, Alaska June 9-13 at the Bunnell Arts Center. In Homer, SHORE will begin with a reading from local writers and continue with an action along Woodard Creek. SHORE performance will begin on Tuggeght (Bishop’s Beach), moving into Bunnell Arts Center. SHORE will culminate in a festive potluck feast at Tuggeght (Bishop’s Beach Park). Join us! 

SHORE: STORY
Tuesday, June 9 7:30pm
Bunnell Arts Center
Local authors and their Stories. Stories. Stories. Let’s listen. Curated by Emily Johnson, featuring Carol Ford, Jo Going, Ain Gordon, Emily Johnson, Skywalker Payne.

SHORE: COMMUNITY ACTION (volunteerism)
Thursday, June 11 12pm
Join us to walk along Woodard Creek. We will spend time following the path of the water, creating markers in the places it has been hidden. 

SHORE: PERFORMANCE
Friday, June 12 5:30pm
We will begin on Tuggeght (Bishop’s Beach) and move together to Bunnell Arts Center. SHORE: PERFORMANCE features Aretha Aoki, Emily Johnson, Krista Langberg. Directed by Ain Gordon.

SHORE: FEAST (potluck celebration)
Saturday, June 13 6pm
Tuggeght (Bishop’s Beach)
Gather with us for a celebratory potluck feast! Bring a dish and the recipe to share. Bring your dishes, forks, and spoons! 

 

 

SHORE in Lenapehoking (NYC)
Apr
19
Apr 26

SHORE in Lenapehoking (NYC)

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.

Fish Skin Sewing Workshops in Grand Marias
Feb
27
Mar 3

Fish Skin Sewing Workshops in Grand Marias

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. 

NIICUGNI IN GRAND MARAIS
Feb
7
7:30 pm19:30

NIICUGNI IN GRAND MARAIS

  • Arrowhead Center for the Arts

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.

SHORE SHOWINGS IN NYC
Jan
12
Jan 19

SHORE SHOWINGS IN NYC

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.

Jan
1
Nov 30

Richfield Stargazing Project

Richfield Stargazing Project

This project includes in equal measure: gathering intentions for a joyful future; making quilts; performance; and a night of stargazing. It relies upon people coming together- to voice intentions, work, experience time, rest and imagine. Building on our previous work with the Richfield community, we will hold a series of gatherings, bringing residents of all ages together for community sewing bees, walks, and conversations to answer the question “What do you want for your well-being? For your family and friends? Your neighborhood? For Richfield?”

Find us at Augsburg Park Library, Village Shores Residential Community and Richfield Farmers Market. Join us to collect intentions on quilt squares and sew together in Community Sewing Bees as we build a quilt to stargaze together upon.

Read our blog post about Richfield Stargazing Project on Forecast Public Art's website


 

THANK YOU BAR IN GRAND MARAIS
Oct
24
Oct 25

THANK YOU BAR IN GRAND MARAIS

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!

DANCE CLASS WITH EMILY JOHNSON
Oct
20
3:40 pm15:40

DANCE CLASS WITH EMILY JOHNSON

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. 

SHORE WORLD PREMIERE WEEK • JUNE 14-22, 2014
Jun
14
Jun 22

SHORE WORLD PREMIERE WEEK • JUNE 14-22, 2014

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!

JOYCE FOUNDATION VIDEO
Apr
3
3:00 pm15:00

JOYCE FOUNDATION VIDEO

The Joyce Foundation recently released this short video from our November 2013 SHORE residency at Studio 206 in Minneapolis. So excited for the SHORE premiere in June! 

Save the date!
Aug
2
3:00 pm15:00

Save the date!

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!

Niicugni in Alaska and Portland, OR
May
1
3:00 pm15:00

Niicugni in Alaska and Portland, OR

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!

Niicugni in Minneapolis/St.Paul this week
Apr
10
2:30 pm14:30

Niicugni in Minneapolis/St.Paul this week

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.

The Thank-you Bar wins a 2012 "Bessie" Award!
Oct
2
2:30 pm14:30

The Thank-you Bar wins a 2012 "Bessie" Award!

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, coming and going
Jun
6
2:30 pm14:30

2012, coming and going

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.

The Thank-you Bar in New York
Nov
4
2:30 pm14:30

The Thank-you Bar in New York

Emily: Often I will dance and I will try to put my mind somewhere else, and I will try to be back in Alaska. But, that’s too broad. I will find a specific place, or a specific time, or a specific visual landscape to do it in. A physical interaction between past and present, that’s obviously only actually present. But, somehow, for me at those times, it merges. It becomes where there isn’t that much space between past and present and future. I think that is the truth about our physical body, is that we are all those times at once. Maybe physical action is the only true place that you can find that sublime sense of time where it is all at once. I can be standing in Minneapolis but, I can also at the same time, with intention, be at my grandma’s house in Alaska or I could be in New York. Maybe talking about it makes it seem like that can’t be true, but it really is.

The Thank-you Bar in Oklahoma!
Apr
21
2:30 pm14:30

The Thank-you Bar in Oklahoma!

In March we were part of the New Genre Festival at Living Arts of Tulsa, along with great friends Art Spot Productions/Mondo Bizarro and Kristina Wong. The audiences in Tulsa were incredible – I can't wait to go back!

It was quite interesting to perform a piece that is so linked to land/identity in Oklahoma - a land ingrained with the lives and deaths of displaced and relocated peoples - the promises of land “as long as the rivers flow and the grass is green” and the reality of sooners, land grabbers, and lies.The Thank-you Bar is not exactly a “political” piece, but here, it felt political. I was conscious of this and questioning of our role and relatively short relationship to this place. Prior to our performances I reached out to friends from or very familial with Oklahoma. I was graced with personal histories, accounts, and a feeling that doing this piece in Oklahoma was the exact right risk to take. I had some of my most ultimately heartfelt connections to audiences in Oklahoma. One audience member told me the show changed her life and I am humbled by her response.

DECEMBER 2009
Dec
11
2:30 pm14:30

DECEMBER 2009

We enjoyed a wonderful, sold-out premiere tour of The Thank-you Bar in Alaska in October. BLACKFISH performed 4 concerts in conjunction with this tour (a new CD is forthcoming!) and we celebrated the opening of the related exhibit, This is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land and Identity. Thank you to all of the artists who were part of this exhibit and to our audiences in Anchorage and Homer!

OCTOBER 2009
Oct
14
2:30 pm14:30

OCTOBER 2009

Catalyst premieres The Thank-you Bar at Out North, in Anchorage, Alaska October 8 – 11, 2009, along with the accompanying art exhibit THIS IS DISPLACEMENT: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land & Identity (co-curated with Carolyn Anderson) and concerts by BLACKFISH. See our upcoming shows page for more information!

December 2008
Dec
22
2:30 pm14:30

December 2008

THE THANK-YOU BAR, which is a new solo I am working on with composers James Everest and Joel Pickard will have its pre-premiere at Franconia Sculpture Park (MN) in September, 2009 and then its official world premiere at OutNorth Contemporary Art House (Anchorage, AK) in October, 2009.

ADY, a play written by Rhianna Yazzie, with scene design by Carolyn Anderson and choreography by me will open in Minneapolis at Pangea World Theater in November, 2009.

And TERRIBLE THINGS, an amazing new project by Lisa D'Amour, Katie Pearl, and myself will open for a two-week run at PS 122 in NYC in December, 2009.

December 2007
Dec
20
2:30 pm14:30

December 2007

2007 is almost to a close and I could list the many performances Catalyst had throughout the year, and give you a heads up on what is to come, and this would probably be the smart thing to do....but, I am not in such a directorial, strategizing mood (I often am not) - and I looked up from my computer and I saw this poem and it seems more important to share than any news I have at the moment.

January 2007
Jan
10
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January 2007

Catalyst enjoyed a fine 2006 with performances at the Rogue Buddha Art Gallery in Minneapolis (thank you RBG,) at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, on the banks of the Missouri River in South Dakota, on a farm in Nebraska, along 35W in Iowa and as part of KICK! in Montreal, Quebec.

SUMMER 2006
May
18
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SUMMER 2006

June brings the entire Catalyst dance company to the eastern coast of the U.S.A.; we’re performing in New York City for the first time: Heat and Life at Dance Theater Workshop June 28- July 1. We’re cooperating with New York’s “Citizens Campaign for the Environment,” holding post show discussions and conversations 

Jan
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Happy New Year!

Welcome to our newly redesigned website. I've never tried this 'news forum' before, but plan to update it monthly - so check back often.

I'm starting out the new year with an intensive travel schedule, heading to Amsterdam to study with Julyen Hamilton, Brussels to visit the P.A.R.T.S studios, and Berlin - mostly to check out the scene. I hope to return to Minneapolis invigorated and inspired, ready for 2006.

2005 was, in large part, spent in fundraising and administrative mode as I am working to move Catalyst's dance piece "Heat and Life" to all 50 states in the U.S. "Heat and Life" is a work about global warming and this 50-State-Tour will cover enough ground to define the U.S. as a site where art-based work can be seen and be an impetus for change. That, at least - is my hope.