Photo by Andrea Mohin

Emily Johnson pauses during rehearsal for her upcoming performance at PS 122's Coil Festival in New York.

Emily Johnson can add another bit of prestigious recognition to the stack -- a write-up in the New York Times' Sunday Arts section. Johnson will stage and perform her new work "Niicugni (Listen)" at the O'Shaughnessy April 21, but New York dance fans will get to see it this week at the Baryshnikov Ars Center. The piece is a follow-up to "The Thank-You Bar" and the second in a planned trilogy exploring the former Alaskan's Yupik roots, wrote Gia Kourlas in Times. Working at Birchbark Books, Louise Erdrich's Kenwood bookstore featuring American Indian writers, Johnson researched her own heritage and the new work was inspired by what she found. The music for "Niicugni" was composed by Johnson's husband, James Everest,  and she'll perform it with Aretha Aoki. A review is scheduled to run Friday in the Times. And if you're wondering, it's pronounced nee-CHOOG-nee.


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