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 leaves audiences breathless. The company was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers and storytellers. The ensemble will present a three-part work that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. More than a dozen Plains Indian dances have been adapted with the assistance of tribal elders and are presented against a backdrop of video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs. Narratives and creation stories introduce each segment.
"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."
All tickets are available for order online, at the Service Center (715-835-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby or at the door the day of the event.
The Artists Series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Performers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty/staff and community members.
General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. The Artists Series was created in 1965 and is now in its 50th season promoting the performing arts and continues to seek development of aesthetic awareness, interdisciplinary appreciation and cultivation of a multicultural experience.