Emily Johnson/Catalyst: Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

We continue our monthly ceremonial fire centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge with guest artists and activists engaging us via music, dance, poetry, and more. Organized by Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet. We invite you to join us as we welcome the evening with neighbors, stories, and songs.

In alignment with public health protocol, this event may be moved online. Please check this page and our social media for updates.


ABOUT

Emily Johnson, originally from Alaska, is an artist who makes body-based work and the artistic director of her performance company, Emily Johnson/Catalyst. A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based on the Lower East Side of Manahatta in Lenapehoking. Emily is of the Yup’ik Nation and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. She is a land and water protector and an activist for justice, sovereignty, and well-being. Her dances function as portals and installations, engaging audiences within and through space, time, and environment – interacting with a place’s architecture, people, land, history, and role in community. Emily is a co-compiler of the document, Creating New Futures: Guidelines toward Ethics and Equity in the Performing Arts, is developing a Global First Nations Performance Network with colleagues Reuben Roqueni, Ed Bourgeois, Ronee Penoi, Lori Pourier, Vallejo Ganter; and has hosted ceremonial fires, in partnership with Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side, since 2017.

Karyn Recollet Ph.D. is an Assistant professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is an urban Cree scholar/ writer currently living in the Williams Treaty territory, and teaching in the Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Recollet explores celestial land pedagogies as ‘kinstillatory’ in her work – expressing an understanding of land pedagogy that exceeds the terrestrial. Recollet thinks alongside dance making practices, Hip hop, and visual/digital art as they relate to forms of Indigenous futurities and relational practices of being.  Recollet co-writes with dance choreographers and artists engaged in other mediums to expand upon methodologies that consider land relationships and kinship making practices that are going to take us into the future.


FUNDING

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter was created with funding from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Emily Johnson speaking at Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter in July 2020. Photo by Taehee Whang.