"(Johnson) could become postmodern dance's hottest new
talent... Johnson's is a sensibility with remarkable depth and clarity."
A jukebox. A roadside bar. A fish that never dies.
When Emily Johnson was growing up in Alaska, most of her family gatherings would happen at her grandmother's home and bar called The Que-Ana Bar (quyana is the Yup'ik word for 'thank you'). Now living in Minneapolis, Johnson depicts the feeling of displacement, finding herself in one place physically and another emotionally. Inspired by her homeland and these memories, Johnson fully submerges you head-first into her latest performance installation that interweaves music, film, stories, and dance to ask "What is a true home?". The interactive night begins with a contemporary art exhibit in Northrop's Gold Room then moves to an up-close-and-personal seating on Northrop's stage for the intimate, multimedia dance work, The Thank‑You Bar, with live music by James Everest and Joel Pickard of BLACKFISH.
BLACKFISH concert on Fri, Nov 19 at 10:30pm
Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land & Identity
Curated by Emily Johnson (Yup'ik)
& Carolyn Lee Anderson (Diné)
Room 307, Northrop Gold Room
Open one hour prior to each performance, plus 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Nov 18-20
Exhibit Admission: Free
A companion exhibit to The Thank-you Bar featuring contemporary artwork by artists from nineteen different tribal nations throughout the U.S.
Northrop Concerts and Lectures is a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This performance is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Funding is provided in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.
Presented with support from the U of M Office for Equity and Diversity, U of M Circle of Indigenous Nations, U of M Institute for Advanced Study, the Department of American Indian Studies and Birchbark Books.
The presentation of Emily Johnson | Catalyst BLACKFISH is made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Artists and programs subject to change.