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.

The 2012 Bessie: New York Dance And Performance Awards
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (of a work in the expanding field of new art, dance, and performance practice):

"For gently and deftly coaxing an audience into a community, holding them spellbound with stories spoken and unspoken; For seamlessly interweaving Blackfish's music with the magical transformations of paper into ice, and dry leaves into water; For reminding us that we all come from a place unknowable, yet knownA 2012 New York Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Production goes to Emily Johnson For The Thank-you Bar at New York Live Arts."

Niicugni premieres in Tallahassee!
After over two years of work creating it, Niicugni finally premiered at The Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival in Tallahassee Florida, co-presented by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). Such a thrill to finally perform this piece, and have it born into the world. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who participated and made it all happen. It was a magical night for us all. Niicugni will continue to tour to MassMoCA, Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), Red Fern Arts Center at Keane State College (NH), and many other venues across the country into 2013. Come see us! (see below)

Niicugni photo by Cameron Wittig

Niicugni photo by Cameron Wittig

Here's where Niicugni will tour to - come see:
September 21, 2012: Co-Presentation of the Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 
November 17, 2012: MassMoca 
January 8-12, 2013: Baryshnikov Arts Center and Performance Space 122 as part of the 8th Annual COIL Festival, NYC
February 13, 2013: Co-presented by the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College and Vermont Performance Lab at Redfern Arts Center
March 2, 2013: ASU Gammage, Phoenix, Arizona
March 22 - 23, 2013: Tigertail & Miami Dade County Auditorium, Miami Florida
April 21, 2013: Northrop Dance and The O’Shaughnessy Present Women of Substance at St. Catherine University, St. Paul/Minneapolis
May 24-25, 2013: Bunnell St. Gallery & Pier One Theater, Homer, Alaska 
June 8-9, 2013: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art & Bodyvox Studio Theater