Know where you are and who you are with. This is ceremony. This is tradition. – Emily Johnson
SHORE 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 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.
SHORE: Community Action is a gathering; a merging of art and life, history and movement; a meditation on places of belonging –literally (re)connects people to country around them.
SHORE: Story is a curated reading by local authors. Developed in partnership with the Black Writers’ Group, Victoria, local writers and curated by Emily Johnson/Catalyst, the reading features original work relating to home, place, land and country. Book tickets here.
SHORE: Performance merges the powerful pull of place and history with movement, installation, sound and voice to create a dreamlike, immersive, and multi-sensory experience of connection and yearning. Book tickets here.
SHORE: Feast is a potluck celebration. Inspired by Johnson’s childhood, where her extended family would gather for harvest, SHORE: Feast invites you to dinner. SHORE: Feast is a free event but bookings are essential. Book tickets here.
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.
Presented by Arts House for YIRRAMBOI.
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.