collaborations | catalyst, dances by emily johnson

BLACKFISHback to top

"So smart and harrowing and frightening and beautiful that it’s a revelation." - Space City Rock

“At once subtle and driving.” - Anchorage Daily News


BLACKFISH is James Everest (Minneapolis, MN) and Joel Pickard (Portland, OR) performing live improvised duets in a series of surround-sound installation concerts that accompany live performances of The Thank-you Bar. In 2012, BLACKFISH released the 9-CD "TYB Collection" - a series of nine live concert recordings from the Thank-you Bar Tour, spanning from 2009-2011. Joel Pickard plays pedal steel guitar and upright bass, and James Everest plays nylon and steel string acoustic guitars through a myriad of effects and looping pedals to create spontaneous sounds and songs that span from the intricate and spare to dense, layered, sonic constructions. The TYB Collection recordings are available to listen or download at the BLACKFISH BANDCAMP site. Limited edition, letter-pressed BLACKFISH CDs are available in the Catalyst store.

SO Percussion: "Where (we) Live"back to top

Where do we live?

For eight years, So Percussion has made our home in Brooklyn amid two million five hundred thousand others. In our city, each of the group's four members has constructed a personal ecosystem we call home. These homes are bound by space, time, sound and image. Equally, these spaces house rewarding, frustrating, supporting, damaging, tangible and never understood relationships. When we leave those homes, our four members unite to create another artistic home, with its own unspoken rules and expectations; its own rhythm of interaction, its own banalities and mystery.

Where (we) Live questions all these homes by purposefully inviting the unknown to "come on over." We've asked video artists, songwriters, painters, choreographers, directors and others to substantively alter our process. The resulting performance contains a society of possibilities: composed pieces, chance elements, visual associations, and theatrical interactions.

* where (we) live is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Myrna Loy/Helena Presents, in partnership with Vermont Performance Lab and the Walker Art Center. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).


capture!rama: a dance film mashupback to top

Part of the Capture! dance film series, co-presented by Catalyst and Firetrunk.

One camera, one tape. All "in-camera" edits. Five different short dance films "performed" and shot live before a theater audience, then projected on the big screen. followed by Q&A. Previous participants include Mad King Thomas, Galen Truer, Emily Johnson, James Everest, Sean Smuda, Randy Kramer, Body Cartography, & Elliot Durko Lynch.

local strategyback to top

Local Strategy is the collaborative effort of a multidisciplinary team of artists from Minneapolis, New York, and Seattle. Lisa D'Amour, Katie Pearl, Emily Johnson, Eleanor Savage, Krista Kelley Walsh, and Joel Pickard are a playwright, director, choreographer, video artists, visual artist, and musician, respectively, who work together to investigate and animate public spaces. Together, in 2005, they created "Landmark: 24 Hours at the Stone Arch Bridge," an event that won "Best Public Art Performance" in the Minneapolis City Pages.

latedusterback to top

Lateduster is a cutting-edge instrumental music ensemble specializing in intricately arranged modern chamber music. By using a variety of sounds, gear, instruments and techniques both conventional and ground-breaking, Lateduster’s sonic palette covers a wide spectrum and translates into emotionally raw and evocative soundscapes. Formed in 1999 by 4 luminaries of the Minneapolis underground, Lateduster has been recognized around the world for its dynamic compositions and intricate sound - highly evocative, heavily textured, alternately delicate and ferocious

Catalyst and Lateduster have collaborated on three pieces, beginning in 2001, producing Plain Old Andrea, with a Gun, our "postmodern, feminist western," FIERCE:WHOLE, (2003) a plodding landscape divided between hope and desperation and Give me a story, tell me you love me, (2003) a danced duet measuring lies against truth.

The ongoing collaborative relationship pushes for deep investigation into the process through which choreographer Emily Johnson, and band members, JG Everest, Bryan Olson, and Martin Dosh create work.

With a joint artistic sensibility rooted in emotional and idiosyncratic compositional styles, Catalyst and Lateduster combine deft sweeps of detailed imagery with a visceral flow of sound, resulting in a fiercely focused and gently unbound collaboration.

Catalyst + Lateduster Performance History:

Velocity, Seattle, Washington February 2005
ODC Theater, San Francisco, California February 2005
Southern Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota February 2005
Give Me a Story, Tell Me You Love Me, Illusion Theater, Minneapolis, MN 2004
Fierce:Whole, Carleton College, Arena Theater, Northfield,MN, 2003
Fierce: Whole, Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis, MN April 2003
Excerpts, Flatland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN April 2003
Plain Old Andrea, With a Gun, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN 2002

partnersback to top

Catalyst collaborates with arts professionals, arts service and environmental organizations: