Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:36 AM
Place, Poiesis, and Indigeneity
A weekend of workshops with contemporary Native American dancer Emily Johnson- featuring a conversation with Diné Poet Sherwin Bitsui
Jan. 17-18, 2015
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, Johnson presents two workshops, (9:30-12 and 1-4pm) "Awareness, Environment and Identity," open to people of all ages and abilities (no dance training required).
Sunday, January 18, Johnson joins Diné poet Sherwin Bitsui for "Locations – A conversation about artistic practices" from 1-3 pm.
About Emily Jonhson: Emily is an artist and writer who makes body based work. Originally from Alaska, and now based in Minneapolis, Johnson's work considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances often function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment – sights, sounds, smells – interacting with a place's architecture, history, and role in community. She works to blur distinctions between performance and daily life and to create work that reveals and respects multiple perspectives. Johnson is of Yup'ik descent and is tied to the landscape of South Central Alaska where she was born and to the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta where her family is from.
Emily Johnson / Catalyst received a 2012 "Bessie" (New York Dance and Performance) Award for Outstanding Production for The Thank-you Bar at New York Live Arts. Emily received a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, and her work is currently supported by Creative Capital, Map Fund, a Joyce Award, the McKnight Foundation, and The Doris Duke Residency to Build Demand for the Arts. Emily is a current fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota and a 2014 Fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency. Her work includes commissions by both the performance and visual arts departments at the Walker Art Center, PS122, Northrop Auditorium, Out North, Franconia Sculpture Park, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, and the McKnight Foundation. She is co-curator of THIS IS DISPLACEMENT, a visual art exhibit featuring the work of forty-six artists from nineteen Tribal Nations, which toured from 2009 – 2011. She published an exhibit catalogue of the same name in 2011. For more about Emily, visit www.CatalystDance.com.
About Sherwin Bitsui is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He is Diné of the Todichʼíiʼnii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tłʼízíłání (Many Goats Clan). He is from White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui lives in San Diego, California and teaches at the MFA writing programs of both San Diego State University and IAIA MFA in Creative Writing in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Both Johnson and Bistui are recipients of Native arts and Culture Artists Fellowships (NACF).
All events will take place at the TPAC conference room on the first floor of the Pioneer Building.
Free and open to the public.
Please RSVP by firstname.lastname@example.org (write "Johnson" in the subject line).
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