Saturday, March 4, 2017

Oyate Okodakiciyapi: An Evening of Native Contemporary Dance

Ordway Music Theater

Opening blessing, done by Sharon Day

Act 1: Pohaku by Christopher Morgan (30 minutes)

Intermission (15 minutes)

Act 2: NeoIndigenA by Santee Smith (30 minutes)

Intermission (20 minutes)

Act 3: …Seeds : Re Generation… by Dancing Earth (45 minutes)

View the Target® World Music & Dance Program

Continuing our focus on the artistry and culture of Native people, we’re proud to present a showcase of Native contemporary dance companies called Oyate Okodakiciyapi, which means “people coming together” in the Dakota language. This thrilling evening of dance, co-curated with locally-based choreographer, Rosy Simas, will feature solo works by native Hawaiian Christopher K. Morgan, and Santee Smith from the Mohawk Nation. We’ll also be treated to a new work by Dancing Earth, an indigenous, intertribal dance ensemble.

The show here at the Ordway will be a part of a larger Twin Cities Festival of Native Dance organized by Rosy Simas Danse, also called Oyate Okodakiciyapi, a name given to Rosy by a Dakota writer and educator named Gwen Westerman.

Art Exhibition: Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists

Saturday, March 4, 2017
6:30 PM – 10 PM | Ordway Lobbies

Experience the inspiring work of visual artists in a unique exhibition curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa) in the Ordway lobbies.  Themes explored through the art will connect with Native American and Indigenous identity and the content of each performance in the series. The Art Exhibition is free admission for those who purchase tickets to the evening performance.

Featured artists: Camille A. Lacapa (Hopi-Tewa/Ojibway) acrylic paintings; Cole Jacobson (Mdewakanton Dakota), acrylic paintings, quill works, mixed media;  Chholing Taha (Cree) acrylic paintings on paper;  Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa) acrylic and oil paintings; Gwen Westerman (Dakota), quilts; and Joseph Allen (Lakota) photos on metal.

Ordway Pre-Show Extra

Saturday, March 4, 2017
6:30 PM | Target Atrium

Arrive early to hear Zoë Klein, Artistic Director/Performer at Paradizo Dance based in San Francisco, California, and Tanya Lukin Linklater, a multi-media artist based in northern Ontario, Canada, explore defining culture in contemporary terms in a discussion moderated by Rosy Simas.

Post-Show Party

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Post-show | Target Atrium

Stick around following the performance for a Talk-back and post-show party in the Target Atrium for a Q&A with Dancing Earth, Christopher K Morgan, Santee Smith, Rosy Simas and company members, including cash bar!

Community Engagement Spotlight

This performance is part of an Ordway community engagement series, Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance, guided by Community Coordinator Christal Moose and an advisory council of Native and Indigenous community leaders. For the full list of happenings, including exhibitions, conversations, and workshops, surrounding this performance visit:

Additional community events in partnership with The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, All My Relations Arts, NACDI (Native American Community Development Institute), and Two Rivers Gallery.