Gibney Dance Performing Arts Center, Studio H
280 Broadway between Chambers & Reade Sts.
December 7-9, $15, 8:00
Series continues through December 16
Gibney Dance’s annual DoublePlus program, in which established artists mentor pairs of emerging choreographers, continues this week with one of New York City’s most original and innovative creators, Emily Johnson, curating pieces by Dr. Mique’l Dangeli & Mike Dangeli and Maria Hupfield. “I am thrilled to present three artists working a futurity embedded within relationships of language, land, and present action,” Johnson (Niicugni, Shore, The Thank-You Bar) explains in a statement. “Maria Hupfield is Anishinaabe and a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. Hupfield works with performance and sculpture. Her hand-sewn creations function as tools carried on the body—tracking rhythms, identifying areas (within body, within culture, within life) that warrant open communication, protection, or both. She works the reflection of sight, sound, and object to generate the unexpected — to shift meaning. Dr. Mique’l Dangeli is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. Mike Dangeli is of the Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, and Tsimshian Nations. Since 1999, Mique’l Dangeli and Mike Dangeli have led Git Hayetsk, an internationally renowned dance group specializing in ancient and newly created songs and mask dances. Through their work they have focused on Northwest Coast First Nations and Alaska Native visual and performing arts, protocol, politics, sovereignty, language revitalization, and decolonization.” Dr. Mique’l Dangeli & Mike Dangeli will present Where do you speak from? Locating languages in the body, land, and waterways, while Hupfield will present Electric Prop and Hum Freestyle Variations. This past summer, Johnson, who always pushes the limits of performance and interactivity, curated Then a Cunning Voice and a Night We Spent Gazing at Stars, a unique, wide-ranging, participatory overnight program on Randall’s Island, so it should be fascinating to see what she has come up with for this DoublePlus show. DoublePlus concludes December 14-16 with Dean Moss curating works by Wesley Chavis + Cori Olinghouse.