Research Program

Emily Johnson

Call Out: Artist Meeting with Emily Johnson

Critical Path is now seeking expressions of interest from First Nations Australian artists to meet with Emily Johnson.

If you are interested please email the team at Critical Path on

Emily Johnson is a First Nations artist from USA. Originally from Alaska and of Yup’ik descent, she is currently based in New York City where she is director of dance company Catalyst. A Guggenheim Fellow and Bessie award winning choreographer, she creates work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment, interacting with a place’s architecture, history, and role in community. Emily’s four-part work SHORE was presented at Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival in Melbourne, 2017.

Emily Johnson will be participating in the Adhocracy Residency at Vitalstatistix in Adelaide 20 August – 2 September, to develop her work Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter with a team of collaborators before travelling to Sydney.

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter offers a framework for being in decolonial practices of embodiment, site-responsive choreographic practices and their connection to land, and the radical relationships that are created through dance making and other forms of artistic activation. The project is about ways of being and ways of making. It is research and process as ceremony. It is dance. It is writing about dance.

Image: Emily Johnson



Date & Location

Monday 3 September 2018, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Drill Hall