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Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre performs “Cokata Upo! Come to the Center,” a three-part, evening-length work that celebrates the Lakota way of life.
Narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance, set against a backdrop of video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred, and courting songs. The group performs at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Popejoy Hall.
The expression of song and dance in Plains Indian society is replicated on stage to tell the story of the world through the eyes of the Lakota Sioux.
The performance features honest and direct acknowledgements of the struggles of the Native American population, including issues of poverty, disenfranchisement, and substance abuse.
The New York Times wrote that it is “at all times a serious tribute to an old, fascinating, once-endangered but now bravely surviving culture.”
The Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre tours with approximately 12 to 15 Native Americans who perform dances, songs, and ceremonies that have been part of their culture for centuries.
While a dance teacher on a South Dakota reservation, Artistic Director Henry Smith learned of Lakota Sioux dance traditions. Smith worked closely with Sioux leaders, who helped him decide what dances to perform.
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