Tanya Lukin Linklater – F2023 Artist in Residence

Tanya Lukin Linklater, This moment an endurance to the end forever, 2020 (video still)

Fall 2023 ARC Artist in Residence

Tanya Lukin Linklater

Ewako ôma askiy. This then is the earth.

November 1 – 4, 2023


Wed Nov 1: 3 – 7pm
Thu Nov 2:  3 – 7pm 
Fri Nov 3:  2 – 5pm 
Sat Nov 4:  2 – 5pm 

Presented by the Arts Research Center in collaboration with the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Department of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies, Native American Student Development, the Department of Canadian Studies, the Department of Ethnic Studies, and the Native American Studies Program

free & open to the Berkeley community with your Cal card, and included for the community with your admission to BAMPFA

Artist/choreographer Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings cite Indigenous dance and visual art lineages, our structures of sustenance, and weather. Tanya Lukin Linklater will be the Arts Research Center’s Fall 2023 Artist-in Residence, from October 31st – Nov 4, 2023. She will be performing Ewako ôma askiy. This then is the earth. at BAMPFA Nov 1 – 4pm, a cyclical series of dance rehearsals with Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Ceinwen Gobert, in response to the Duane Linklater exhibition mymotherside. The public is invited to view the in-situ, unfolding processes of embodiment, gesture, and sensation.

Image credit: Tanya Lukin Linklater by Liz Lott

Ewako ôma askiy. This then is the earth.

Open rehearsals, held at BAMPFA Nov 1 – 4, 2023

Artist/choreographer Tanya Lukin Linklater will lead a series of open rehearsals with dance artists, Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Ceinwen Gobert, entitled Ewako ôma askiy. This then is the earth. These sessions respond to the cyclical, seasonal, affective, and formal qualities of selected works in Duane Linklater: mymothersside, at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The public is invited to view the in-situ, unfolding processes of embodiment, gesture, and sensation.

Tanya Lukin Linklater is compelled by audiences viewing open rehearsals, or the process of making dances. Through experimentation, structured improvisation, prompts from objects in exhibition, place, and writings, she facilitates a choreographic process. In 2022 and 2023 Lukin Linklater is staying with this slow unfolding of making dances, refusing to culminate these processes in finished performances. In this way, she centres the intellectual, affective, and physical labor—and relational aspects—of making dances.

In addition to a series of four open rehearsals, Tanya Lukin Linklater will be speaking with students on campus, and mentoring a Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies graduate student.

IMAGES: Dance artists Ceinwen Gobert (top) and Ivanie Aubin-Malo (bottom) in open rehearsals for “Ewako ôma askiy. This then is the earth.” choreographed by Tanya Lukin Linklater, BAMPFA Nov 1 2023. Images by Laurie Macfee

Read an interview with Senior BAMPFA Curator Victoria Sung, about the Duane Linklater exhibition mymothersside, on Berkeley News.


Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings cite Indigenous dance and visual art lineages, our structures of sustenance, and weather. She undertakes embodied inquiry and rehearsal in relation to scores and ancestral belongings. Through collaboration, her work reckons with histories that affect Indigenous peoples ’lived experiences, (home)lands, and ideas. She continues to write in relation to what she has come to call felt structures. Her recent exhibitions include Aichi Triennale, Japan; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; New Museum Triennial, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Toronto Biennial of Art. In summer 2024 her iterative solo exhibition, Mymind is with the weather, will be presented at the Wexner Centre for the Arts. Tanya Lukin Linklater is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. She is the recipient of the Wexner Center for the Arts Artist Residency Award and The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Slow Scrape, her first collection of poetry, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism, Montréal (2020) with a second edition published by Talonbooks, Vancouver (2022). Her Sugpiaq homelands, Afognak and Port Lions, are in southwestern Alaska, and she lives and works in Nbisiing Anishinaabeg aki in Ontario. Visit her website: https://www.tanyalukinlinklater.com

Wolastoq and Quebecois dancer, choreographer and curator, Ivanie Aubin-Malo invests herself in projects that reflect on ecology and human ethics regarding our environment. She also has danced Fancy Shawl, a powwow style since 2015, connecting with the spirit of transformation and celebrating women’s audacity. Her artistic research as a creator hopes to shed light on the beauty of the Wolastoqey language and its relation to the land and the body. Also, Aubin-Malo contributes to connecting Indigenous movement-based artists in order to break isolation, cultivate inspiration, facilitate knowledge sharing, and dare certain collaborations. With this intention, she has contributed in the spark of recurring events in and around Montreal/Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang : MAQAHATINE (Tangente and l’Agora de la danse, 2020-2022, Tangente 2023-2025); OHAKWARONT (CCOV, 2022-) and Nikak Tagocniok (Théâtre Gilles Vigneault, 2023-). As a dancer, she has worked with Tanya Lukin Linklater, k.g Guttman, Andreane Leclerc, Corpuscule Danse, Alexandre Morin, amongst others. She is currently co-creating with Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine a performance on wolastoqiyik and Innuat giants and oral stories. Recently based in L’Islet (QC), she plans to open a Wolastoqey Cultural Center where culture can be celebrated and revitalized in the area while connecting with others. 

Ceinwen Gobert was raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and later graduated with distinction from the collaborative BA program at the University of Calgary and the School of Alberta Ballet. She is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist and has had the pleasure of interpreting works for a number of choreographers and companies, including Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Van Grimde Corps Secrets, W&M Physical Theatre, Paul-Andre Fortier, Darryl Tracy, Brian Solomon, Signal Theatre, and Tanya Lukin Linklater. Ceinwen worked with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre from 2004-2016, was a company member with Van Grimde Corps Secrets from 2005-2009, and has been dancing for Tanya Lukin Linklater since 2013. In addition to her work as a dancer, Ceinwen is a visual artist (@ceigart) and co-owner of Summit Massage Studio.