Posted on September 16, 2015, BY Staff

Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre will present an evening-length work that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a free lecture and demonstration on Oct. 2 at noon in the Weis Center Lobby, which will be facilitated by Professor Richard Henne-Ochoa, education.

Founded in 1978 on the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, the company includes some of the most highly acclaimed performers of the Sioux Nation.

The company will perform "Cokata Upo! Come to the Center," a three-part, evening-length work that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people.

Set against a backdrop of video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the performance.

For almost three decades, Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre has communicated the powerful resonance of dance in Plains Indian Society, as well as the importance of songs as living history and oral tradition. Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre began with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship powwow dancers, singers and storytellers. Its work creates the opportunity for people of all ages to experience the holistic worldview of the Lakota Sioux through performance, educational outreach and original broadcast television programs.

The company has appeared at the Kennedy Center in the opening celebration of the National Museum of the American Indian and has regularly performed in New York City and countries around the world including Japan, Turkey, Finland, Italy and Africa. Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, performing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Hellenic Festival, which took place at the Herodion in the Acropolis.           

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62-plus, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit two), $10 for Bucknell students (limit two), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit two).Tickets can be purchased online at the Campus Box Office or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing & outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2015–16 season is a performance by Irish music group The Gloaming on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. 

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit their website or Facebook page.

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