Emily Johnson of Catalyst Dance wins Bessie Award

Monday night choreographers from around the country gathered at the Apollo Theater in New York City to celebrate outstanding work in their field with the annual Bessie Awards, and one of Minnesota’s own got to take the stage.

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Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson, founder of Catalyst Dance, was singled out for her piece “The Thank-you Bar” which she performed at New York Live Arts. The piece was performed in 2010 in the Twin CIties.

Presented a Bessie for Outstanding Production, Johnson was cited as “gently and deftly coaxing an audience into a community, holding them spellbound with stories spoken and unspoken… seamlessly interweaving Blackfish’s music with the magical transformations of paper into ice, and dry leaves into water … [and] for reminding us that we all come from a place unknowable, yet known.”

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