Onsite Event:
Emily Johnson / Catalyst

At Pillow Grounds: Jul 30 - Aug 1

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This performance took place July 30 – August 1. Scroll for bonus content!

Award-winning choreographer Emily Johnson has created a distinguished body of dance works and social choreographies that unite audiences in a shared experience of movement, place, history, collective action, and the continuance of Indigenous cultural practices and perspectives. Her newest work delves into the power of creation.  

Featuring a newly commissioned soundscore by Raven Chacon and a cast of more-than-human creatures, this site specific in-process presentation of Portals Into, Being Future Being builds a visual, aural and ancestral landscape of Indigenous power created for Jacob’s Pillow through two residencies. By (re)building new visions of the forces that brought this world into being, Johnson brings forth new futures with the potential to reshape the way we relate to ourselves, and to the human and more-than-human cohabitants of our world.

Being Future Being is an ongoing, iterative work, and the presentations at Jacob’s Pillow were composed of three site-specific sections. Audiences were invited to join with the knowledge that each experience will take them on a different journey.

Friday at 12pm – Being Future Being: land / celestial

Saturday at 12pm – Being Future Being: inside / outward

Saturday at 3:30pm – Being Future Being: underneath

Sunday at 12pm – Being Future Being: land / celestial

Explore Emily Johnson / Catalyst

Watch Inside the Pillow Lab

Go inside Emily Johnson’s fall 2020 Pillow residency, and learn more about the development of Being Future Being!

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Performance details begin on page 20.

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