Tempe Events This Week – Emily Johnson/Catalyst: NIICUGNI

Author: Nancy

Posted on: February 25, 2013
Last updated on: May 21st, 2014 at 5:00 pm


It’s always exciting around here when Cactus League Spring Training opens. And to fill those hours not taken up with baseball or for those who are not predisposed to the sport, there are many equally exciting arts and cultural events taking place in Tempe this week.

One such event is Emily Johnson/Catalyst: NIICUGNI, ASU Galvin Playhouse, March 2. NIICUGNI (Listen) is a new dance performance by celebrated director, choreographer, curator Emily Johnson (Native Alaskan Yup’ik).  Presented as part of the Gammage Beyond Series, NIICUGNI is presented within a light and sound installation made of hanging fish-skin sculptures. In NIICUGNI, Ms. Johnson has woven elements of theater, dance and art installation into a unique experience. 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. It is intended to take the audience out of the theater and into nature, to NIICUGNI (Listen) to our connection with the Earth and our ancestors.

Emily Johnson/Catalyst is the Minneapolis-based performance project company. Ms. Johnson’s work has been called “voracious,” “highly nuanced,” “stunning,” “punk rock-cum minimalist,” “aptly named” and “a force of nature.” She received a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Outstanding Production in 2012 and a Sage (Minneapolis Dance) Award in 2010 for her work, The Thank-you Bar.

There are plenty of arts and cultural events choose from in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

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