KEENE, N.H. -- The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College and Vermont Performance Lab are joining forces to present "Niicugni (Listen)" -- a new dance performance created by Alaskan-born, Minneapolis-based choreographer Emily Johnson.
"Niicugni" is a new work that is the second in a triology of works that relate to Johnson’s Yup’ik heritage and the personal confluences of cultural traditions and contemporary performance work.
Johnson was an artist-in-residence with VPL in 2011 where she worked with a group of local people to create 11 of the 50 hand-made fish skin lanterns that are featured in "Niicugni." She is interested in bringing the community into her creative process again.
VPL and the RAC are seeking non-dancers from the community -- farmers and gardeners, librarians and archivists, sewers and knitters and beekeepers -- to participate in the performance of "Niicugni" at Keene State College on Feb. 13. Participants do not need any experience performing on stage, just a willingness to try something new, and be a part of a performance that celebrates community, place, memory and identity.
Volunteers would work with Johnson to find a common gesture/action that is done among the group. It might be the motion of planting seeds or harvesting crops, or a using a smoker or moving frames in a bee hive body or reshelving books. From this everyday gesture, Johnson will work with the group to create a
Participants would need to be available for two rehearsals the week of Feb. 10 and for the Feb. 13 performance.
Participants are expected to be available for one two-hour rehearsal on Sunday or Monday, Feb. 10 or 11 (TBD); for one evening dress rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and the performance on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Participants will each receive a pair of tickets to the performance of "Niicugni," an invitation to the post-performance party on Feb. 13 and a free membership to the Redfern Arts Center’s 2013-14 performance season.