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MANCC Welcomes Emily Johnson

Published September 6, 2012

Emily Johnson (MN) Returning Choreographic Fellow | September 9 – September 23, 2012

Work in Development: Niicugni (Listen)

Emily Johnson returns to FSU for the world premiere of Niicugni (Listen) at the

FSU Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival. Niicugni (Listen) continues with some of the themes of Johnson’s The Thank You Bar, her previous work exam- ining home and displacement. Niicugni (Listen) equates the land we live on with the cells that comprise our bodies and calls upon audiences to remember that land is alive with ancestry, memory, and possibility, and that our bodies also hold these things. The new performance, centered on movement, story, and sound, is housed within a light/sound installation of hand-made, functional fish-skin lanterns. The lanterns were inspired by Johnson’s lifelong affinity to Salmon and the craft of fish-skin sewing and were developed with community members in Vermont, Alaska, California, and Minnesota.

Niicugni has been influenced by Tallahassee locals involved in Emily’s previous residencies at MANCC. Johnson engaged community members to assist in the creation of the new work by examining the shared movement vocabulary of particular affinity groups such as knitters, wind players, and gardeners. For more information, please continue reading her previous residency descriptions below.

This residency was made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The presentation of Niicugni at FSU was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W, Mellon Foundation.


World Premiere

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, please visit Emily Johnson’s MANCC webpage.

FSU School of Dance
Nancy Smith Fichter Theatre
Friday Sept 21st 8:00pm

*Reservation Required

Please e-mail for questions. For reservations:




The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.