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Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center

7:30 p.m.

Invited to perform all over the world — from the Millennium Celebration in Times Square to the Cultural Olympiad in Greece — the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre returns to the Artists Series for the first time since 1997. The company was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers and storytellers. 

The Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre will present Cokata Upo! Come to the Center, a feature-length performance that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. The program is presented in three parts — "Birth of a Nation," "Death and Rebirth" and "All Nations As One." More than a dozen Plains Indian dances —  including the Grass, Jingle Dress, Fancy, Traditional, Horse, Buffalo, Eagle, Round and Inter-Tribal Dances — have been adapted with the assistance of tribal elders. The work is performed against a backdrop of video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs. Narratives and creation stories introduce each segment.

The Washington Post called the performance "the antithesis of those pandering spectacles masquerading as authentic folk art. … From the start, the narrator made it clear that his is a culture to be revered."

"Brightly colored costumes, many adorned with feathers, made the production a visual treat," wrote The New York Times. "But it was more than a spectacle. This was at all times a serious tribute to an old, fascinating, once-endangered but now bravely surviving culture."



$17  General Public
$15  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$  7  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $3.50 until the day of the show
All seats are general admission

The Artists Series is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.