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Emily Jonhson / Catalyst

Presented in Season 1 2017

Presented by Arts House as part of YIRRAMBOI

SHORE: Community Action
Sat 6 May, Sun 6 May
Half day event

SHORE: Story
7pm, Sat 6 May
5pm, Sun 7 May

90 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

SHORE: Performance
7.30pm, Fri 12 May
7.30pm, Sat 13 May
100 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

SHORE: Feast
1pm, Sun 14 May
240 mins

Meat Market
5 Blackwood St,
North Melbourne

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Know where you are and who you are with. This is ceremony. This is tradition. – Emily Johnson

SHORE in NARRM (Melbourne) is a multi-day performance installation of four equal parts: Community Action, Story, Performance and Feast.  It is a celebration of the places where we meet and merge – land and water, performer and audience, art and community, past, present and future.

Over the course of a week, SHORE in NARRM will include volunteer actions in partnership with local Indigenous and community organisations, a curated reading by Melbourne-based authors, theatrical performances that begin outdoors and move into the theatre, and will culminate in a giant, festive potluck feast.

Emily Johnson is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow who makes body-based work. Originally from Alaska and now based in New York, she is of Yup’ik descent, and since 1998 has created work with her company – Emily Johnson/Catalyst – that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance.

SHORE in NARRM continues Arts House’s ongoing exchange program with New York’s Performance Space 122. The exchange program allows audiences to experience the thriving and innovative contemporary performance scene that Melbourne and New York, have come to represent.

Concept/Choreography/ Writing by:
Emily Johnson
Directed by:
Ain Gordon
Performed by:
Emily Johnson/Catalyst and a 40-member Melbourne cast and choir
Lighting Design by:
Heidi Eckwall
Lighting Supervisor:
Ben Hagen
Costume Design by:
Angie Vo
Scenic Design by:
Emily Johnson, Ain Gordon, James Everest, Heidi Eckwall

Choir Lead:
Margot Bassett
Sound Engineer:
Joel Dundorf
Research & Administration:
Julia Bither, Yumi Tamashiro
Creative Producer:
Meredith Boggia
Original Soundscore Composed by:
James Everest and Nona Marie Invie with Fletcher Barnhill
Melbourne SHORE Project Producer:
Jody Haines

Supported by –Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival is produced by the City of Melbourne, with support from Creative Victoria.
SHORE is a project of Creative Capital and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Inc. SHORE is made with support from The McKnight Foundation; a Joyce Award; Carolyn Foundation; and MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. SHORE has been supported by residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Research for SHORE was supported by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation to Build Demand for the Arts. SHORE is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Image by –Bryony Jackson

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