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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!

THE THANK-YOU BAR is a performance/installation of dance, live music, storytelling and visual image, connecting ideas of displacement, longing, and language to history, pre-conceived notions, architecture, and igloo-myth. Created and performed by choreographer Emily Johnson with composers/musicians James Everest and Joel Pickard. Featuring beadwork by celebrated artist Karen Beaver, costumes by Angie Vo and Kari Multz , lighting design by Heidi Eckwall and paper sculptures by Krista Kelley Walsh. TYB touring performances include a companion concert by experimental music duo BLACKFISH (James Everest + Joel Pickard).

THE THANK-YOU BAR is an intimate performance experience intended to engage many levels of perception and expression. Through a sophisticated concept of theatrical space, unique and powerfully minimalist dancing, and a mulit-layered original soundscore, Johnson’s illusory – yet partly true – stories ride the confluence of truth and myth. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Seating limited to 20 per performance.

" delightfully fresh and invigorating, so new, that you want to shout about it from the rooftop and out windows so everyone can know about it...dazzlingly original..." - This Week in New York (

"a stunning example of an emerging contemporary American aesthetic" - Houston Chronicle

Earlier Event: October 20
Later Event: January 1
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