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: 

August 18th 2017: New York City, NY
October 2017: San Fransisco, CA
May 2018: Melbourne, Australia
August 2018: Chicago, IL

(Specific Information TBD)

Then A Cunning Voice Quilt Exhibition
Sep
1
Oct 8

Then A Cunning Voice Quilt Exhibition

  • Abrons Arts Center

Then A Cunning Voice...is rooted in community visioning sessions created in partnership with the Minneapolis -based Native American Community Development Institute. The visioning sessions start with the questions,

“What do you want for your well-­being? For your family and friends? Your neighborhood? Your city, town, or reserve?” 

The responses generate joy, reflection, responsibility:

I want my city to love itself more.
The Mayor of Richfield wants free mental health clinics.
Someone writes “A full happy life for our son”

The intentions are gathered on quilt squares which are sewn into a modular series of quilts during community sewing bees. Once created, the quilts are laid together to become one 4,000 square foot area, designed by textile artist Maggie Thompson, upon which we will host all night stargazing including moments of silence, performance, stories, and First-Nations star knowledge. We want to share time, to feel and also imagine the space below us on the ground and above us in the air. 

Then A Cunning Voice... Exhibition Reception
Sep
6
10:00 am10:00

Then A Cunning Voice... Exhibition Reception

  • Abrons Arts Center

From September 1st to October 8th our 84 quilts for our project Then A Cunning Voice... will be displayed all around Abrons Arts Center.

This evening we would love to meet everyone at our exhibition reception celebrating everyone who has come together to be involved in the project. 


Poverty & The Arts - Community Sewing Bee Day 2
Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

Poverty & The Arts - Community Sewing Bee Day 2

  • Poverty & The Arts

Join us at the Poverty & the Arts Studio + Gallery for another day of Community Sewing Bees!

Nashville is joining cities around the country to create one of 84 specially designed quilts for a national project called “Then a Cunning Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at the Stars.” 

This multi-year project brings people together at Sewing Bees to answer questions about their city: 

“What do you want for your well-being? For your family and your friends? Your neighborhood? Your city, town, or reserve?”

The responses generate joy, reflection, and responsibility:

“I want my city to love itself more.”
“The Mayor of Richfield wants free mental health clinics.”
Someone writes, “A full happy life for our son.”

These intention statements will be gathered and sewn together to create Nashville’s contribution to this cross-country project—a single quilt that will become just a small part of a 4,000-square foot creation.

Please join us. ALL ARE WELCOME! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

“Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars” was created by Emily Johnson/Catalyst, a dance company based in Minneapolis and New York City. Textile design is by Maggie Thompson.

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Poverty & the Arts provides financial, professional, and personal opportunities to artists overcoming homelessness. In addition to earning creative income which helps increase housing stability, artists gain professional and social skills which helps increase their access to higher waged employment and gain confidence and emotional stability.

Poverty & The Arts Community Sewing Bee
May
21
12:00 pm12:00

Poverty & The Arts Community Sewing Bee

  • Poverty & The Arts

Join us at the Poverty & the Arts Studio + Gallery for 2 days of Community Sewing Bees!

May 21 & June 3

Nashville is joining cities around the country to create one of 84 specially designed quilts for a national project called “Then a Cunning Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at the Stars.” 

This multi-year project brings people together at Sewing Bees to answer questions about their city: 

“What do you want for your well-being? For your family and your friends? Your neighborhood? Your city, town, or reserve?”

The responses generate joy, reflection, and responsibility:

“I want my city to love itself more.”
“The Mayor of Richfield wants free mental health clinics.”
Someone writes, “A full happy life for our son.”

These intention statements will be gathered and sewn together to create Nashville’s contribution to this cross-country project—a single quilt that will become just a small part of a 4,000-square foot creation.

Please join us. ALL ARE WELCOME! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

“Then a Cunning Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at Stars” was created by Emily Johnson/Catalyst, a dance company based in Minneapolis and New York City. Textile design is by Maggie Thompson.

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Poverty & the Arts provides financial, professional, and personal opportunities to artists overcoming homelessness. In addition to earning creative income which helps increase housing stability, artists gain professional and social skills which helps increase their access to higher waged employment and gain confidence and emotional stability.

SHORE: Feast
May
14
1:00 pm13:00

SHORE: Feast

  • Arts House, Meat Market

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.

SHORE presented by Arts House
May
13
7:30 pm19:30

SHORE presented by Arts House

  • Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

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.

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.
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

SHORE: Community Action Day 2
May
7
10:00 am10:00

SHORE: Community Action Day 2

  • St. Joseph's Flexible Learning Center

St. Joseph's is a specialist secondary school for young people who have recently arrived to Australia and for those who have disengaged from mainstream education.The school works with young people to develop essential literacy, numeracy and social skills as well as establishing real pathways to employment and further study. I've been working with students, teachers, and staff at St. Joseph's the past few months and it's been fantastic; I'm very grateful. We'll be working to plant a garden that the students and I have been prepping for weeks!

Meet at ArtsHouse, we'll walk to location: St. Joseph's Flexible Learning Center

SHORE: Story
May
6
May 7

SHORE: Story

  • Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

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: Community Action Day 1
May
6
10:00 am10:00

SHORE: Community Action Day 1

  • We-Cycle in Batman Park

We'll be working alongside We-Cycle to clean, repair, and maintain a number of discarded bikes that will be re-homed to those in need. We-Cycle works with different refugee communities and organizations, donating bikes and teaching people to ride. Some bikes from this day of Community Action will also be donated to students who need/want them at St. Joseph's Flexible Learning Center (where I've been working with students the past few visits). Caring with and for Australia's refugee communities and individuals was voiced as a need over and again during the SHORE Visioning/Workshop sessions over the past year. 

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.

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.

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.

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.