Events / A Song, a Felt Structure: We Are Putting Ourselves Back Together Again

A Song, a Felt Structure: We Are Putting Ourselves Back Together Again


What might a space for Indigenous performance look and feel like? The sculpture Indigenous geometries (2019) is a response to this question, which was posed to the artist Tanya Lukin Linklater by a group of Indigenous architects after a talk about her performance practice. She developed the sculpture through a series of conversations with the architectural designer and artist Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. It is mobile, provisional, and draws on Alutiiq ways of being, architecture, and material culture.

In a series of rehearsals that are open to the public, dancers Ceinwen Gobert and Ivanie Aubin-Malo will move the wood components of the sculpture pieces into different relationships that speak to the ways in which Alutiiq (and more broadly, Indigenous) structures (governance, education, health, familial) have been actively dismantled by US and Canadian policies, and the ways in which Indigenous peoples continue to work toward putting their languages, families, and themselves back together again. The dancers and the sculpture will be accompanied on amplified violin by composer Laura Ortman.

Open Rehearsals
10 am-4 pm (Dec 12-13)
10 am-3:30 pm (Dec 14)

4-5 pm (Dec 14)

Please note that open rehearsals and performance are standing room only. If you require a seat for the performance please email

© Chicago Architecture Biennial/Tom Harris, 2019
© Chicago Architecture Biennial/Tom Harris, 2019
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