Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Project 2016


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November 2, 2016
UC Riverside/Culver Center of the Arts

The Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside (ICR) project is an annual event that brings Indigenous dance artists and Indigenous studies scholars to campus to connect, discuss, and share work. We look at ways Indigenous dance, in many diverse forms and locations, engages Indigenous knowledges, and at the import of these articulations in the context of ongoing coloniality.

This year, the ICR project brings Indigenous dance artists and Indigenous studies scholars together to address Webs of Support for Indigenous Dance / Inside and Outside of Institutions. Topics to be discussed at this all-day conference include: how the academy and institutions support – or obstruct – possibilities for the thriving of Indigenous dance; and what parallel, alternative, and/or counter-hegemonic practices and responses are taking place outside of these institutions to support Indigenous dance. The conference includes a tribute and panel centered around critical perspectives on Native dance in California, including that discussed in a manuscript on Mohave bird singing that the late Michael Tsosie shared at last year’s ICR. It concludes with an evening performance featuring new choreography.

Confirmed dance artists participating in this year’s gathering include: Daystar/Rosalie Jones (Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America); Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Danse); Rulan Tangen and Anne Pesata (DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations); Emily Johnson (Emily Johnson/Catalyst); Louise Potiki Bryant (Aotearoa/New Zealand); David Smith (Pomo Dance Captain); Alejandro Roncería (Canada); Jack Gray (Aotearoa/New Zealand and NYU); others TBC.

Space is limited. Please RSVP for morning, afternoon, and/or evening performance to guarantee a spot.


Wednesday, Nov. 2


8:45-9:15: Conference Registration/coffee

9:15-9:40 – Welcome: Jacqueline Shea Murphy (UCR Professor and ICR director), Gerald Clarke (UCR Professor and Cahuilla leader), Kim Marcus (Cahuilla/Serrano Ceremonial Leader), Milagros Peña (Dean, CHASS), Anthea Kraut (Chair, Department of Dance); and Tyler Stallings (Artistic Director, Culver Center of the Arts).

9:45-10:30: Movements, actions, possibilities, futurities. Participatory workshop led by Emily Johnson [Brithinee Studio]

MORNING SEMINAR: (RVSP required for lunch)

10:45-12:15  Seminar 1: Indigenous Dance Inside and outside of Institutions: What is needed? Problems and Possibilities [Hammond Studio]

Facilitator: Julie Burelle (UCSD-Theater)
Karyn Recollet (University of Toronto)
Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Danse)
Tria Blu Wakpa (UC Berkeley)
Neil MacLean (Ohlone Profiles)
Rulan Tangen (DANCING EARTH)
Jack Gray (New Zealand/NYU)

12:15-1:00: Lunch


1:00-3:00: Seminar 2: Indigenous Dance and Institutional Support: What is happening? Continuities, Innovations, Structures

Facilitator: Maile Arvin (UCR-Ethnic Studies; Hawai’i)
Maria Firmino Castillo (CIIS; Guatemala)
Daystar/Rosalie Jones (Trent University, Canada)
Rachel Fensham (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Louise Potiki Bryant (New Zealand)
Lisa Wymore (UC Berkeley, US)
Tyler Stallings (Culver Center of the Arts, US)
Alejandro Roncería (choreographer, Canada)
Maria Christine Muyco (University of the Philippines)

3:00-3:10: Coffee break

3:10-4:10: Performative tribute to the late Michael Tsosie, led by Rulan Tangen and Anne Pesata. [Brithinee studio]


4:10-6:00: Roundtable: Physicalized Intelligence and California Indian Dance: Provocations, Politics, Possibilities (Honoring the work and wit of Michael Tsosie) [Culver screening room]

Facilitator: Mark Minch (UCR-Indigenous Studies/English)
Cutcha Rising Baldy (San Diego State)
Gerald Clarke (UCR, Indigenous Studies/Ethnic Studies)
David Smith (Pomo Dance Captain)
Bernadette Smith (Pomo Dancer)
Lala Andreas (Cahuilla Bird Song Dancer)
Kim Marcus (Cahuilla/Serrano Ceremonial Leader)


8 p.m. Indigenous Choreography at the Culver

Featuring two new works by renowned Indigenous choreographers:
Daystar/Rosalie Jones, Dancing the Four Directions
Rosy Simas Danse, Skin(s)

Response panel:

Michelle Raheja (UCR, English; Director, California Center for Native Nations)
Mishuana Goeman (UCLA, Gender Studies] Taisha Paggett (UCR, Dance)
Louise Potiki Bryant (New Zealand)
Rachel Fensham (Australia)
Alejandro Roncería (Canada)
Ananya Chatterjea (University of Minnesota


Jacqueline Shea Murphy (Dance)


Center for Ideas & Society and Performing Arts Administration

NOTE: This year’s ICR is organized in collaboration with this UCHRI Working Group.

The presentation of Skin(s) by Rosy Simas Danse was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.