Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance

Niicugni (Listen)

Niicugni ― the word ― is a directive to pay attention, to listen. Niicugni the dance quietly compels such attentiveness through its layering of multiple dances, live music, stories, and histories. Housed within a light/sound installation of hand-made, functional fish-skin lanterns, Niicugni asks – can we pay attention to the ways we do and do not listen to our bodies, histories, impulses and environments? Equating the molecules of land with the cells that comprise our bodies, Niicugni is also about how land, or place, like our bodies is a repository of past, present, and future. It holds, at once, myth and truth, magic and evil, hope and death, laughter and monsters, as well as ancestral histories and cultural identities. In the moment of each performance, Niicugni wonders if we can recognize the importance of everyone in the room? Can we see ourselves as part of the whole? Can we absorb that everyone we see is here now and will be gone?

Forty community members including gardeners, librarians, handworkers, photographers, and a KSC American Studies class will perform in Niicugni.

People are invited to arrive early to view a lobby art exhibit and video showing community members making fish-skin lanterns and stay after the Feb. 13 show for a discussion with Johnson and the other performers.

See video clips of Niicugni at:
MANCC research, groups
Emily makes a fish lantern
VPL sewing bee

The New York Times previewed Emily Johnson and Niicugni prior to the 2013 Performance Space 122's Coil Festival. Read preview
Read what other media has said about Niicugni:
Critical Correspondence
Infinite Body
Performance Club

Vermont Performance Lab

Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
Main Theatre
$20 - $13, $5 KSC studentsbuy

This performance is co-presented with the Vermont Performance Lab and was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Emily Johnson (left) and Aretha Aoki perform in the November premiere of Niicugni.