FIRST NATIONS DIALOGUES

First Nations Dialogues is a three year Australian and North American pilot program to establish a Global Indigenous touring network and platforms for the presentation of Indigenous performance work. Led in Australia by BlakDance, in partnership with a global Indigenous performing arts consortium, First Nations Dialogues has been initiated and led by Indigenous artists and organisers from the US, Canada and Australia. It is designed to create new opportunities for production and dissemination of work internationally, to overcome the historic under-representation of work and renew support for artistic exchange between Indigenous communities globally.

We build on four years of convening and conversation within formal and informal networks in the Indigenous and non-indigenous performance sectors. We build on forty years of vibrant dialogue between Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations North American contemporary theatre and dance leaders.

 

First Nations Dialogues Lenapehoking New York, 5 - 12 January 2019

a series of Indigenous led performances, discussions, workshops and ceremony. First Nations Dialogues 2019 kick-started the development of the groundbreaking Global First Nations Performance Network (GFNPN), a three year pilot initiative focused on cultural change through commissioning, touring and presenting Indigenous performance, building demand and capacity for the presenting sector.

 

Led by a transnational consortium including: Emily Johnson/Catalyst (USA), Vallejo Gantner (USA), BlakDance (Australia), Jacob Boehme (Australia), ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (Australia), Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (Canada).

Organised by; Emily Johnson, Vallejo Gantner and BlakDance.

The First Nations Dialogues 2019 partners include: The Lenape Center, Amerinda, American Indian Community House, Abrons Arts Center, American Realness, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, La MaMa, Performance Space New York, Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective, Under the Radar, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), and the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).

 
 
Highlights reel - Lenapehoking New York
 
 

Jupiter Orbiting. Image credit; Adele Wilkes

 
Muriel Miguel, Gloria Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater and Diane Fraher of Amerinda

Muriel Miguel, Gloria Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater and Diane Fraher of Amerinda

 

Tëmikèkw: An honouring and welcome gathering hosted by First Nations Dialogues with The Lenape Center

Danspace Project
131 East 10th St.

New York, NY 10003

5 January 2019, 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Hosted by First Nations Dialogues with The Lenape Center, presented at Danspace Project. First Nations Dialogues commences in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland; through protocol and ceremony, welcoming global First Nations leaders, artists and our allies.

The afternoon honours leaders and grandmothers of Indigenous theatre: Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater and Diane Fraher (Osage/Cherokee) of Amerinda. The SilverCloud Singers will be led by Kevin Tarrant of the Hopi and HoChunk Nations; with performances by Laura Ortman of the Apache Nation; fancy shawl dancer, Anatasia McAllister of the Colville Confederated Tribes and Hopi Nation; Brent Michael Davids of the Stockbridge Munsee community; round-dance led by Lenape drummer George Stonefish. Feast generously prepared by Anne Apparu.

The First Nations Dialogues acknowledges with great gratitude the naming of this gathering, Tëmikèkw. We pay respect, offering gratitude and solidarity to Lenape people, elders, and ancestors past, present and future.

More information HERE >>

 
 

Global First Nations Performance Network (GFNPN) - Workshop and Discussions

Abrons Art Center

466 Grand St.
New York, NY 10002

6, 7, 8 January 2019

The GFNPN will develop institutional and audience demand for Indigenous live performance and the commissioning, presentation and development of those artists.

The GFNPN will create a new pillar of much-needed infrastructure providing:

  • artist-directed commissioning, presentation and touring support (based on collaboration and demand) with presenting organisations;

  • compulsory protocols & education for presenting organisations around the cultural specificity of collaborating with Indigenous artists and communities;

  • partner organisations will work toward decolonizing their internal structures, curatorial processes, and programming;

  • brokerage and information services between artists and institutions.

By invitation only. Closed work sessions for presenters in the GFNPN, First Nations Artists and stakeholders.

 

KIN

Performance Space New York
150 1st Ave

New York, NY 10009

5 - 10 January 2019

KIN curated by Emily Johnson is produced by Performance Space New York in partnership with First Nations Dialogues, BlakDance, Global First Nations Performance Network, and American Realness. Supported by the Barragga Bay Fund with additional support by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

KIN centres radical forms of care, consent, reciprocity, and love. For KIN, Johnson invites five First Nation Australian artists and local NYC-based elder Muriel Miguel from the Kuna and Rappahannock Nations to share performance works and related conversations, engaging practices of kinship and power. These artists and their Indigenous knowledge systems work through generosity and acknowledgment of present and past to transmute injustice and grief. They offer a commitment and ask for participation toward a shared, healing future.

Featuring Mariaa RandallGenevieve GrievesPaola BallaEmily JohnsonMuriel Miguel, Joshua Pether, and S.J Norman.

For tickets to KIN, visit Performance Space New York HERE >>

*Tickets to KIN (all performances, conversations, and workshops) are free for First Nations people. Please RSVP in the above link - LIMITED CAPACITY

 
Karyn Recollet, photo by Ian Douglas

Karyn Recollet, photo by Ian Douglas

 

Karyn Recollet - Care, Kinship, and the Realness of Lands' Overflows into the Celestial

Gibney - The Theatre

280 Broadway
Enter at 53A Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

6 January 2019, 12:00pm

For the 2019 Discourse series, American Realness and the Yale journal Theater have co-commissioned five original lecture performances addressing questions of creative practice and protest. Curated by Tom Sellar, the collection of lecture performances titled Bodies on the Gears will be published in a forthcoming edition of Theater. The artists and writers include Dr. des. Nana Adusei-Poku, Noah Fischer, Madison Moore, Jackson Polys, and Karyn Recollet. Co-commissioned by American Realness and Yale's Theater Magazine, presented by Gibney, in partnership with First Nations Dialogues and Global First Nations Performance Network.

This gathering activates ‘kinstillatory’ as an ethic and mode of survivance for Indigenous gathering that evokes futurist gesture of embodying dark matter (our own between spaces) that are the building blocks for kin-in-the-making. What are the desired intentions, ethics, practices and forms of a kinstillatory gathering in Lenape territory? What are the connecting tissues (the dark matter) of an alternative land pedagogy based upon urban Indigenous folx land relations. We explore the practices and protocols of kin-ing, land-ing and involved in the conceptualisation of ‘Choreographies of the fall’ (Recollet, 2018). This experience provides an opportunity to share and exchange knowledges and vocabularies (gestural, movement based and other arts informed practices) for the celestial in the body; and in our gatherings.

This is a free event, RSVP HERE >>

 
 

Dance Classes

Gibney

280 Broadway
Enter at 53A Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

Katina Olsen: 7 January  2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Vicki van Hout: 9 January  2019, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Thomas E.S. Kelly: 9 January  2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Gibney dance classes offered in partnership with First Nations Dialogues and Global First Nations Performance Network.

Ticketed, bookings essential via Gibney website HERE >>

Vicki Van Hout is an Australian First Nations interdisciplinary contemporary performance maker of Wiradjuri, Dutch, Afghan and English descent whose disciplines include dance, film and instillation. Vicki is a graduate of the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association College of Dance (NAISDA), Australia’s premier Indigenous tertiary dance institution and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance NYC. Vicki considers her most memorable engagement as one of the performer/choreographers for the first Indigenous opening of Parliament preceding the national apology to the stolen generations in 2007.

Vicki's class consists of a dynamic progressive sequence of exercises reflective of diverse Australian Indigenous vocabularies including those languages developed from both desert and coastal remote communities. The premise of flight or fight is a major underpinning principal and expressed through various stomps and quick shifts of weight with tasselled extremities reflecting the use of various costume properties. This distinctive language has been the primary aesthetic underpinning recent NAISDA graduates, many of whom have secured places with Bangarra including Wanengga Blaco, Ryan Rearson and Beau Dean Riley Smith and by notable Australian independents including Thomas Kelly, Caleena Sansbury, Henrietta Baird and Raghav Handa.

Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung Yugambeh, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu man. Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since  worked with the likes of Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company,  Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Outer Urban Projects and Urban Theatre Projects. Thomas is currently a member of the Tasdance Makers  Company. H is choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [MIS]CONCEIVE, VESSEL for Outer Urban Projects and SHIFTING > SHAPES.

Thomas' class will introduce you to earth and your connection to it physically, spiritually, emotionally. You'll walk, run, dance, jump, sweat, have fun and learn. Thomas feeds Indigenous thought processes into a movement vocabulary that asks you to draw energy from the world around you whilst being highly physical.

Katina Olsen is a proud Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri woman who also has Norwegian, German and English ancestry. Katina’s choreographic interests interrogate her Indigenous cultural dance and story through various forms including theatre, moving sculpture, film and installation.

Katina’s class is a bit of old school and a bit of new school: joyful moving sequences, finding breath and connection to the earth, encouraging fluidity of the spine. Katina creates a playful class that makes you sweat and is a pleasure for body and spirit.

 
THE SAVAGE PHILOSOPHY OF ENDLESS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, Whitney Museum June 13, 2018. Performer Jeremy Pheiffer. Photo by Paula Court.

THE SAVAGE PHILOSOPHY OF ENDLESS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, Whitney Museum June 13, 2018. Performer Jeremy Pheiffer. Photo by Paula Court.

Jackson Polys - Manifest X

Gibney - The Black Box

280 Broadway
Enter at 53A Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

8 January 2019, 4:00pm

For the 2019 Discourse series, American Realness and the Yale journal Theater have co-commissioned five original lecture performances addressing questions of creative practice and protest. Curated by Tom Sellar, the collection of lecture performances titled Bodies on the Gears will be published in a forthcoming edition of Theater. The artists and writers include Dr. des. Nana Adusei-Poku, Noah Fischer, Madison Moore, Jackson Polys, and Karyn Recollet. Co-commissioned by American Realness and Yale's Theater Magazine, presented by Gibney, in partnership with First Nations Dialogues and Global First Nations Performance Network.

Given our readymade settler colonialism as a public secret, that when probed, amplifies the proliferation of attendant fears that create sites of paralysis — quagmires of cultural appropriation, occlusion, imposter syndrome, inappropriate speech and empathic overreach — what routes for the production of movements can escape impinging on Indigenous bodies and their accomplices? Summoning red flags, Jackson Polys, supported by a host of proxies in a multimedia lecture performance, targets the aporias formed by desiring indigeneity.

This is a free event, RSVP HERE >>

 
Muriel Miguel. Photo from Material Witness at La MaMa

Muriel Miguel. Photo from Material Witness at La MaMa

Reflections of Native Voices

La MaMa

Great Jones Hall
47 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012

8, 9 January 2019, 6:00pm and 9:00pm

Curated by Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna, Rappahanock)

Presented by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club through La MaMa’s Indigenous Initiative Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective; with First Nations Dialogues.

An informal reading of plays by First Nations artists including legendary Spiderwoman Theater led by Muriel Miguel and Glorial Miguel of the Kuna and Rappahannock Nations; poet, playwright, and scholar Carolyn Dunn who is of Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Cajun, French Creole, and Tunica-Biloxi descent; Ed Bourgeois, who is French and Mohawk, managing director of PA'I Foundation, a Honolulu-based hālau hula and co-creator of Raven's Radio Hour and Alaska Native Playwrights Project; Kuna/Rappahannock/Hopi/HoChunk artist, actor, singer and songwriter Henu Josephine Tarrant; Australian actor, narrator and director Rachael Maza Artistic Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Yidinji from North Queensland and Meriam from the Torres Strait Island of Mer; and Choctaw/Creek/Delaware playwright Nicholson Billey.

FREE (donations welcomed) For more information, visit La MaMa HERE >>

 

Serpentine by Daina Ashbee

La MaMa

The Downstairs. 66 East 4th St.

New York, NY 10003

9, 10 January, 10:00pm

11 January, 1:00pm

Presented by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and American Realness in partnership with First Nations Dialogues, Global First Nations Performance Network and supported by the Council for Arts and Letters of Quebec, the Canada Council for the Arts.

Serpentine vibrates the essence of Daina Ashbee’s dark and feminine choreographic practice. Exploring the occupation of space, time and attention, the cathartic work is based on repetition and instance. With simple imagery, slow and sensual movement and a disturbing and powerful original electric organ composition by Jean-Francois Blouin, Serpentine creates a haunting juxtaposition that escalates in its violence. Performed by Areli Moran.

For tickets visit American Realness HERE >>

 
 

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

Abrons Art Center

466 Grand St.
New York, NY 10002

9 January 2019, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Presented by Abrons Art Center in partnership with First Nations Dialogues, Global First Nations Performance Network and International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).

A ceremonial fire outdoors in the amphitheater at Abrons Art Center centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge. Sit by the fire and welcome the evening with neighbors, stories, song, dance, and food (bring some to share). The fire for First Nations Dialogues includes performances by Allison Akootchook Warden, an Iñupiaq new genre artist; Brent Michael Davids, Lenape composer; Dåkot-ta Alcantara-camacho whose work spans ritual activation, performance art, installation, contemporary indigenous movement, and cultural responsibility; and Thomas E.S. Kelly, a Bundjalung-Yugambeh/Wiradjuri/Ni-Vanuatu multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer. Food generously prepared by Quentin Glabus, Frog Lake Cree First Nations from Alberta, Canada and member of I-Collective. Emily Johnson gratefully acknowledges Karyn Recollet's work in the concept of kinstillatory.

This is a free event open to the public. Read More HERE >>

 

Ktalëmskahëmòch, closed protocol ceremony

Bear Mountain State Park

11-12 January 2019

Hosted by First Nations Dialogues with The Lenape Center at Bear Mountain.

Invitation to all First Nations Dialogues delegates, ceremony conducted by representatives from The Lenape Center.

Invitation only, closed protocol ceremony


FIRST NATIONS DELEGATES

USA Delegates

Allison Akootchook Warden

Anthony Hudson

Christopher Morgan

Dåkot-ta Alcantara-camacho - iMovingLab

Deborah Ratelle - Spiderwoman Theater

Diane Fraher - Amerinda

Elia Arce - Usekra: Center for Creative Investigacion

Emily Johnson - Catalyst Dance

Gloria Miguel - Spiderwoman Theater

Hadrien Coumans - Lenape Center

Jeremy Dennis

Joan Henry - Two Wolf Walking Arts

Larissa Fasthorse

Maria Firmino-Castillo

Maura Garcia

Murielle Borst-Tarrant

Muriel Miguel - Spiderwoman Theater

Rick Chavolla - American Indian Community House

Roberto Badoya

Ruben Tomás Roqueñi - Native Arts and Cultures

Rulan Tangen - Dancing Earth

Santee Smith - Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Thea Hopkins - Tribe

Tohil Fidel Brito Bernal

CANADIAN Delegates

Cynthia Lickers-Sage - Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA)

Denise Bolduc

Keith Barker - Native Earth

Kevin Loring - National Arts Center

Reneltta Arluk - Banff Center

Joyce Rosario - PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Daina Ashbee - Independent Artist

Kim Senklip Harvey

Margaret Grenier - Dancers of Damelahamid

Margo Kane - Full Circle Productions

Ryan Cunningham

NEW ZEALAND Delegates

Dolina Wehipeihana - Auckland Arts Festival

Jack Gray - Atamira Dance Company

Tanemahuta Gray - Taki Rua

AUSTRALIAN Delegates

Angela Flynn - BlakDance

Ben Graetz - Party Passport

Carly Sheppard - Independent Artist

Genevieve Grieves - Independent Artist

Emily Wells - BlakDance

Erica McCalman - Next Wave Festival

Kate ten Buuren - Independent Artist

Katina Olsen - Independent Artist

Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin - Australia Council for the Arts

Mariaa Randall - Independent Artist

Marilyn Miller - Independent Artist

Merindi Schrieber - Miriki Performing Arts

Nancy Bamaga - Black Drum Productions & BlakDance

Ngioka Bunda-Heath - Independent Artist

Paola Balla - Independent Artist

Pauline Lampton - Miriki Performing Arts

Rachael Maza - ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Rita Pryce - Pryce Centre

Sinsa Mansell - Independent Artist

S.J Norman - Independent Artist

Taree Sansbury - Karul Projects

Thomas E.S. Kelly - Karul Projects

Vicki van Hout - Independent Artist

 

GLOBAL FIRST NATIONS PERFORMANCE NETWORK (GFNPN) PILOT PRESENTERS

Kevin Loring - National Arts Center

Reneltta Arluk - Banff Center

Felix Preval - Darwin Festival

Louisa Norman - Country Arts SA

Simon Hinton - Merrigong Theatre Company

Zohar Spatz - Horizon Festival

Ali Rosa-Salas - Abrons Arts Center

Ben Johnson - City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Craig Peterson - Abrons Arts Center

Erin Doughton - Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)

Ron Berry - Fusebox Festival

Joyce Rosario - PuSh International Performing Arts Festival


 
 
 

First Nations Dialogues New York January 2019 has received funding support from;

Barragga Bay Fund; BlakDance; Australia Council for the Arts; Arts Queensland; Creative Victoria; Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Amerinda; Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Consulate General of Canada in New York, Map Fund supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.