then a cunning voice, photo by Paula Court.

then a cunning voice, photo by Paula Court.

Emily Johnson
Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars

off-site at Calumet Park


September 28, 2019
All Night Performance
5:00 p.m. - September 29, 2019 8:00 a.m.

Calumet Park Cultural Center
9801 S Ave G, Chicago

Free Parking
Available at Calumet Park


Tickets

Donation based Ticketing
$1 to $125

We want this performance to be accessible to everyone who wants to participate.

Instead of a standard ticket price, in order to reserve your spot, please make a donation that you feel is appropriate for this once-in-a-lifetime performance experience.

Reserve your spot and donate by calling the Dance Center box office at 312-369-8330 Or through An Online Donation.

There are many ways to get involved with this layered project, and we invite your participation in as many as you would like.

  1. Join us on September 28-29 for the full performance experience. (Don’t forget to reserve a spot so we know you’re coming.)

  2. Sign up to volunteer for a shift to help prepare food for the experience. More details below.

  3. Attend a community workshop in the days leading up to the performance. More details below.

Food volunteer

Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars is coming to Chicago, and we need volunteers to work alongside the extraordinary food futurist Jen Rae to help prepare! The event is an all-night multilayered, participatory gathering that features performance, feasting, storytelling and sharing a time together under the stars.

The collective preparation of food is a vital component of the project, and audience and performers alike share a supper, breakfast and snacks together. In order to prepare all of this food, we are looking for volunteers to help us prep from Wednesday Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 27, AND for volunteers for the event on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29. Calling all: Choppers, Assemblers, Mix Masters, Measurers, Bakers and MORE! Kitchen experience is NOT essential! Click here to fill out our Kitchen Volunteer Questionnaire!

Your contribution will help provide care and nourishment to everyone involved with the project and give you an opportunity to spend time with great people, making great food. Any questions can be directed to Cameron, cameron.heinze@gmail.com.

Community workshops

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

11:00am-3:00pm, Quilting Bee, The Field Museum

Come for a stitch and contribute to a large-scale volunteer quilting project that holds the visions and intentions of hundreds of community participants from around the world, including Australia, the US and Taiwan. Volunteers are encouraged to RSVP for a limited number of reserved admissions. Sign up by contacting Debra Yepa-Pappan, The Field Museum’s Community Engagement Coordinator at dyepapappan@fieldmuseum.org.

Friday, September 20, 2019

5:30pm to 8:30pm, Quilting Bee

American Indian Center, 3401 W. Ainslie

Come for a stitch and contribute to a large-scale volunteer quilting project designed by Makwa Studio textile artist Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe). Thompson’s 4,000-square-foot installation of 84 community-made quilts serve as a gathering place for audiences who attend Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars—a 15-hour all-night performance gathering and feast created by choreographer Emily Johnson (Yup’ik). The quilts hold the visions and intentions of hundreds of quilting bee participants from around the world, in Australia, the US and Taiwan.

This gathering invites you to sew, talk, and contribute your own response to central questions about your community and future: “What do you want for your well-being? For the well-being of your chosen friends and family? For your neighborhood? For your town, city, reserve, tribal nation, world?”

Saturday, September 21, 2019

12:00pm – 3:00pm, Bannock Making Workshop

American Indian Center, 3401 W. Ainslie, First Nations Garden

Around the fire, Jen Rae offers a hands-on bannock-making workshop—a staple bread found throughout Indigenous cuisines in North America, including the collaborative artists' Métis and Yup'ik cultures. Rae is a food futurist and artist whose organization Fair Share Fare works to decolonise thinking around food provenance, whilst advocating for food and land sovereignty.

12:00pm – 6:00pm, Quilting Bee

American Indian Center, 3401 W. Ainslie, First Nations Garden

Join us in the First Nations Garden for an afternoon of activities with visiting artists Jen Rae (Métis), Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) and Emily Johnson (Yup’ik).

Throughout the afternoon, we’ll contribute to a large-scale volunteer quilting project designed by Makwa Studio textile artist Maggie Thompson. Thompson’s 4,000-square-foot installation of 84 community-made quilts serve as a gathering place for audiences who attend Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars—a 15-hour all-night performance gathering and feast created by choreographer Emily Johnson, which will be presented in Chicago September 28-29, 2019 in Calumet Park.

Around the fire, Jen Rae offers a hands-on bannock-making workshop. Rae is a food futurist and artist whose organization Fair Share Fare works to decolonize thinking around food provenance, whilst advocating for food and land sovereignty.

Come for a stitch or stay all day!



Support

The Dance Center presentation of Emily Johnson is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’s National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This engagement is also supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Crane Group. Additional support comes, in part, from a grant from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support and partners include the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District, the American Indian Center, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and The Field Museum.