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Emily Johnson, October Artist in Residence

In her October creation residency at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Emily Johnson (Yup’ik, Soldotna) returns to build a new multidisciplinary performance, “Being Future Being” (working title), which delves into the power of creation myths, and how the stories we tell ourselves set the potentials for who we will become.

Friday, October 18, 2019: Join us for Being Future Being work-in-progress performance/sharing 7:30pm @ Bunnell. Performance by Emily Johnson, with Brianna Allen and Justine Weitzman.

“This program is supported by a Creation Grant from NPN and a TourWest grant from WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts.
NPN: Credit language for flyers, calendars, and mailers: Being Future Being is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Bunnell Street Arts Center, Peak Performances, New York Live Arts, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and NPN. For more information:”

Award-winning choreographer Emily Johnson has created a distinguished body of dance works and social choreographies that unite audiences in a shared experience of movement, place, history, collective action, and the continuance of Indigenous cultural practices and perspectives. Her newest work, currently in the research phase, delves into the power of creation myths. Being Future Being [working title] examines the way the stories we tell ourselves about how we came to be set the potentials for who we will become.

Envisioned as an evening-length performance for the stage, featuring Johnson and a cast of more-than-human creatures, this new work seeks to (re)build new visions of the force that brought this world into being. In doing so, it brings into focus new futures with the potential to reshape the way we relate to ourselves, and to the human and more-than-human cohabitants of our worlds.

“I view our bodies as everything: our bodies are culture, history, present and future, all at once. Out of respect for, and trust in, out bodies and collective memories, I give equal weight to story and image, to movement and stillness, to what I imagine and what I do not know.”

Community outreach information coming soon.

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