Emily Johnson and collaborators

Presented in association with Critical Path

This year’s Adhocracy residency project, Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter, is a new process-based work by Emily Johnson. Emily is a First Nations artist from the USA. Originally from Alaska and of Yup’ik descent, she is based in New York City where she is director of dance company Catalyst.

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter offers a framework for exploring decolonial practices of embodiment, site-responsive choreographic practices and their connection to land, and the radical relationships that are created through dance making and other forms of artistic activation.

The residency is presented in partnership with choreographic research and development organisation Critical Path. Showing their research and process through ceremony, Emily will be joined by her residency collaborators, a team of South Australian and Australian artists.

Full program available HERE
Artist Profile

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. A Bessie Award winning choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, she is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and New York City. Originally from Alaska, she is of Yup’ik descent and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment—interacting with a place’s architecture, history, and role in community. Emily received a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and her work is supported by Creative Capital, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Map Fund, a Joyce Award, the McKnight Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and The Doris Duke Residency to Build Demand for the Arts.


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Residency Dates

Friday – 5pm, showing – day into sunset
Saturday - 6pm, showing – civil into nautical twilight
Sunday - 7pm, showing – astronomical twilight into night

Hart’s Mill, Mundy St, Port Adelaide


Free entry

Creative Team

Emily Johnson with Amala Groom, Caleena Sansbury, Cayleigh Davies, Chelsea Farquhar, Cinzia Schincariol, Jessica Martin, Kate Power, Michelle Saint-Yves and Sinsa Mansell.