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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Nov. 4, 2013

Encore series to feature Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre

Updated Nov. 12, 2013

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre will perform “Cokata Upo! Come to the Center” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as part of Northwest's Encore performance series.

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre will perform “Cokata Upo! Come to the Center” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as part of Northwest's Encore performance series.

The Encore performance series at Northwest Missouri State University continues this month with the Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre’s presentation of “Cokata Upo! Come to the Center” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets may be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building, or online.

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship powwow dancers, singers and storytellers.

“Cokata Upo! Come to the Center,” is a three-part, evening-length work consisting of “Birth of Nation,” “Death and Rebirth” and “All Nations as One.” The work celebrates and carries the message of the culture of the Lakota people.

The performance will depict the balance between the environment and all nations of the world, a theme that the Lakota people strongly seek. The performance is set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs. Narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance.

Performers wear bright colored costumes, feathers and face paint, complimented with props to create a work that is visually charismatic and filled with cultural significance.

Northwest Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott said the show’s presentation of Native American history and culture makes it a highlight of the Encore season.

“Encore has not had a show of this magnitude combining education and entertainment in recent years, and I love bringing shows like these to our community,” McAdams Prescott said. “The evening will be filled with amazing costumes, music and dance. It will be a great show for families.”

In conjunction with its evening performance, Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre will present a special performance for local elementary school students and a cultural program at Northwest's Horace Mann Laboratory School. More than 400 elementary children will attend the special Lakota Sioux performance at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ron Houston Center. From 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Lakota Sioux will lead a guided discussion about their culture in the Horace Mann gymnasium.

The performance group’s visit also will be part of Native American History Month programming coordinated by Northwest’s Office of Intercultural Affairs.

For more information about the Encore performance series or to learn about donating to support the program, contact Northwest Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott at angel@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1226.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468