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Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)

April 15, 2015

Emily Johnson (2013 Performing Arts) and Catalyst bring the expansive installation SHORE to Lenapehoking (New York City), with gatherings and events throughout the city (April 19-26) and performances at New York Live Arts (April 23-25). SHORE is the third part of a trilogy exploring the complex terrain of identity, memory, ancestry, land and community, beginning with the Bessie Award-winning The Thank-you Bar (2011) and the richly layered Niicugni (2013). Throughout the trilogy, Johnson has asked: How can performance uniquely connect us to our land, our lives and each other? 


SHORE expands beyond the theater to celebrate the places where we meet and merge--land and water; performer and audience; art and community; past, present, and future. It is created in four equal parts: SHORE: Community Action, a series of volunteer work sessions in the Rockaways and on Governors Island in partnership with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Billion Oyster Project, SHORE: Story, a curated reading featuring local authors at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council; SHORE: Performance, a work that combines dance, live music and storytelling, presented by New York Live Arts; and SHORE: Feast, a culminating potluck celebration in collaboration with North Brooklyn Boat Club. Click here for details on all events and to register.


"Emily Johnson tells me that the first time she realized she was dancing was when she was hugging a tree as a little girl and she felt it's swaying and she realized she was swaying with it. I like imagining dance like that: something you echo, something you already are." 

-Will MacAdams, Essay on SHORE
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