Title: Emily Johnson Residency ASU Gammage
Location: ASU Gammage, 1200 S Forest Ave, Tempe
Description: Emily Johnson is a celebrated director, choreographer and curator, here for her first residency Oct 29-Nov 1. Emily is native Alaskin Yup’ik and will be presenting her new performance installation, NIICUGNI (Listen) at the ASU Galvin Playhouse on Mar 2 at 7pm. A good portion of this visit will be partnering with the community and working on creating art installations for her performance. During her visit ASU Gammage is hosting lantern making workshops with Emily inside of the building in room 108. The schedule for this event is below. The time slots available are open to the public to participate in the process and come and go as their schedule allows. We hope that you will join us next week and take part in this unique opportunity. Please let me know if you feel you will attend on a certain day(s) so that I can account for space.
Tues Oct 30- 10-3pm
Wed Oct 31- 10-1:30pm
Thurs Nov 1- 6:30-8:30pm
ASU Galvin Playhouse
Celebrated director, choreographer, curator Emily Johnson (Native Alaskan Yup’ik) presents NIICUGNI (Listen) a new dance performance, housed within a light and sound installation made of hanging fish-skin sculptures. Johnson’s almost ethereal ability to weave elements of theater, dance and art installation into a uniquely affecting experience is not to be missed. The fish-skin sculptures will be produced by local community members during her residency at ASU Gammage and will be an integral part of an unforgettable theatrical journey fusing music and dance with contemporary performance. The effect is one of taking us out of the theater and into nature, to NIICUGNI (Listen) to our connection with the Earth and our ancestors.
“Niicugni is many things. Here’s what I can tell you: it is a dance that took thousands of years to make. 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. There is you, everyone who has ever lived, the ground beneath us, and a never ending attempt to pay attention. I made this for you and it is also for my dad.” – Emily Johnson
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The creation and presentation of NIICUGNI is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the New England Foundation for the Arts though the National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation. Support from the NEA provides funding for choreographers in the early stages of their careers.
Start Date: 2012-10-29
End Date: 2012-11-1