Research Program

Emily Johnson | Catalyst Dance


American artist Emily Johnson will spend time at our Research Room looking at her ongoing work ‘Then a cunning voice and a night we spend gazing at starts’ , a multi-year project focused in equal measure on making quilts, performance, storytelling, song, and a night of stargazing. Her work work relies upon people gathering to voice intentions, witness, work, experience time, rest, and imagine.

During her residency, Emily will running  two Sewing Bee sessions open to the public. We’ll post more information about how to participate  or you can contact us for more information on

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. A Bessie Award winning choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, she is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and New York City. Originally from Alaska, she is of Yup’ik descent and since 1998 has created 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.



Date & Location

Tuesday 27 December 2016 - Wednesday 4 January 2017

The Drill Hall