Emily Johnson, “The Thank-You Bar”


A Jukebox. A Roadside Bar. A Fish that never dies.

Dancer and choreographer Emily Johnson’s piece The Thank-You Bar was performed at the Northrop Auditorium and MN Original got a sneak peek during rehearsal. Johnson and her collaborators Catalyst and BLACKFISH explore the meaning of displacement and missing where you are from. Emily grew up in Alaska, where she remembers gatherings taking place at her grandmother’s home and bar called Que-Ana Bar (quyana is the Yup’ik word for thank-you). The performance was accompanied by an interactive exhibit curated by Johnson and Carolyn Lee Anderson, featuring Native American artists both locally and nationally.

Johnson is a fixture on the local dance scene with her adventurous and powerful performances. “The Thank-you Bar” was no exception.

Watch the full segment featuring Emily Johnson.

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