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Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet: Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter (FREE)

Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet: Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter (FREE)


Abrons Arts Center


Abrons Arts Center’s Amphitheater
New York, NY


Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 8:00pm
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 8:00pm
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 8:00pm



Abrons Arts Center

Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet: Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

Monthly: January 14, February 18, March 25, April 22, May TBD, June 17, 2021 

Presented in the Abrons Arts Center’s  Amphitheater



Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter, monthly ceremonial fires on the Lower East Side of Mannahatta in Lenapehoking, facilitated by Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet. Part communal gathering, part performance, this ongoing presentation will take place in the Abrons amphitheater or digitally, in alignment with public health protocols.  

Artists Bios:

Emily Johnson, originally from Alaska, is an artist who makes body-based work and the artistic director of her performance company, Emily Johnson/Catalyst. A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based on the Lower East Side of Manahatta in Lenapehoking. Emily is of the Yup’ik Nation and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. She is a land and water protector and an activist for justice, sovereignty, and well-being. Her dances function as portals and installations, engaging audiences within and through space, time, and environment – interacting with a place’s architecture, people, land, history, and role in community. Emily is a co-compiler of the document, Creating New Futures: Guidelines toward Ethics and Equity in the Performing Arts; is developing a Global First Nations Performance Network with colleagues Reuben Roqueni, Ed Bourgeois, Ronee Penoi, Lori Pourier, Vallejo Ganter; and has hosted ceremonial fires, in partnership with Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side, since 2017.

Karyn Recollet, Ph.D. is an Assistant professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is an urban Cree scholar/writer currently living in the Williams Treaty territory, and teaching in the Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Recollet explores celestial land pedagogies as ‘kinstillatory’ in her work – expressing an understanding of land pedagogy that exceeds the terrestrial. Recollet thinks alongside dance making practices, Hip hop, and visual/digital art as they relate to forms of Indigenous futurities and relational practices of being. Recollet co-writes with dance choreographers and artists engaged in other mediums to expand upon methodologies that consider land relationships and kinship making practices that are going to take us into the future.


"Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter" was created with funding from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Please check the Abrons’ website and social media for scheduling updates.  

Photo credit: Ian Douglas

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