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Indigenous Dance Forum

UPDATE: This forum is currently sold out. Any additional tickets released will be made available via a form below. Walk-in guests will be seated as capacity allows (we’d suggest arriving 15-30 minutes early if you do not have a ticket).

Blending interactive theater approaches with culturally immersive technologies, The Indigenous Dance Forum (IDF) is part community activation, part performance ritual, and part forum. Guided by intuition-led, process-based methodologies, IDF, the major outcome of Jack Gray‘s semester-long residency at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, implores us to find a way to create and articulate a deeper sense of connection to the place Mannahatta.

Curated by Gray, the performance features a stunning cohort of guest dance artist and scholar collaborators from around the word, along with local community members, who will physically encounter the Indigenous liminality of Lenapehoking. A journey of expanded senses, this one-time only pop-up event articulates the relationality of our urban tribe and invites body, mind, and spirit into this space of shared breath and collective resonance.

Featuring collaborators Jasmin Canuel (Aotearoa/New Zealand, French Canadian, Dutch, Irish), Sammay Dizon (Carson, California; Gerona, Tarlac; and Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines), Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue), Toni Pasion (Los Angeles, California; Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Antipolo, Philippines), Mark Zane Mauikānehoalani Lovell (Kanaka Maoli, Hawai’i), Dåkot-ta Alcantara Camacho (Matao/Guåhan/Illokos), Marya Wethers (New Orleans/New York),  and others to be announced.

Doors will open at 6:30PM and the forum will begin promptly at 7PM. Late arrivals will not be accommodated so please arrive on time to be admitted.  Please note that there will be a limited number of chairs available for this event. The majority of audience seating will be on the risers in the theater.


Jack Gray (Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahungunu) is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and scholar. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Gray first connected to his cultural roots through traditional Māori dance, Kapa Haka, and later discovered contemporary dance. In 2000, he founded the Atamira Dance Company, an all Māori contemporary dance theatre, which has since become one of the nation’s premiere dance companies. Gray is committed to developing Indigenous epistemologies as a crossover into mainstream practices of dance and theatre. Since 2012, he has fostered an intercultural network of communities in the United States, activating cultural awareness and promoting strategies for Indigenous empowerment. He has collaborated with Dancing Earth Creations (New Mexico), Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (Hawai‘i), University of California, Riverside, and University of California, Berkeley, among many organizations and institutions. He is the Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Dixon Place, an artistic incubator since 1986, is a non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature & visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires & encourages diverse artists of all stripes & callings to take risks, generate new ideas & consummate new practices.

Accessibility: Dixon Place is committed to providing accessibility for patrons with disabilities. Dixon Place has access to the theater and restrooms for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility. Additionally, Assistive Listening Systems that transmit sound via headsets are available upon advance request. To guarantee access to headsets, please email contact@dixonplace.org 48 hours before the performance.



Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: Dixon Place
161 Chrystie Street
New York, NY United States
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Add to Calendar 04/21/2016 07:00 PM 04/21/2016 09:00 PM America/New_York Indigenous Dance Forum More detail: https://apa.nyu.edu/event/indigenous-dance-forum/ Dixon Place, New York, NY