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July 5, 2011

Daystar Performs

Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America
Performs at "Dancing on the Grass", Nazareth College Dance Festival Monday, July 11, 2011. The Daystar Company was founded by Daystar/Rosalie Jones in 1980, becoming the first modern dance company in the USA with an all-native cast performing native-based contemporary/modern dance and storytelling. Since then, it has been a pivotal influence in the development of Indigenous Dance and Theater for the stage and in education. This performance will highlight both traditional and contemporary dance and oral tradition, with the Plains/Woodland Hoop Dance, "Wolf: A Transformation" and the Intertribal Dances of North America.

The plains/woodland Hoop Dance is presented by Sandra Lamouche (Cree) and Lowell Yellowhorn (Blackfoot), from Alberta, Canada. Sandra Lamouche is recognized internationally as one of the best of native women in North American to perform the Hoop Dance (sometimes called the Circles of Life Dance). Each hoop dancer is unique, creating distinct cultural images such as the eagle, basket, ladder, horse and rider, and the world globe. Lowell Yellowhorn sings both Cree and Blackfoot songs and has been active in Big Drum groups throughout Canada. Both Sandra and Lowell are currently Master's degree candidates at Trent University, studying in the areas of Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Environmental Science.

daystar2_img_1.jpg"Wolf" is a signature work choreographed by Daystar/Rosalie Jones, being inspired by the Anishinaabe (Ojibway) story of the traditional recognition of the wolf as the first companion of the first man. This solo dance begins with a Plains Intertribal men's traditional dance, in full regalia, but as the story unfolds, the dancer transforms, through the use of masks, into the shaman of youth and the finally into the shaman of age.
"Wolf: A Transformation" is performed by Daniel Fetecua Soto, a native of Bogota-Colombia, currently a member of the Jose Limon Company, NYC. Daniel is founder and artistic director of Pajarillo Pinta'o, a modern Colombian Folklore company with a dual residence in NYC and Germany. In 2006 Daniel was honored with a special award from the National University of Colombia for his contribution to the preservation of Colombian traditional dances. He holds a BFA from Folkwang-Hochschule, Germany.

Artistic Director Daystar/Rosalie Jones is well-known internationally as a Native American daystar1_img_2.jpgmodern dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer. She is of Pembina Chippewa ancestry and holds a Master's Degree in Dance from the University of Utah with postgraduate work at Juilliard School in New York City.
Daystar/Rosalie Jones has choreographed over 30 works emerging directly from the cultural material of Indian America, including Legacy of the Dream (Anishinaabe), Gift of the Pipe (Lakota), The Corn Mother (Eastern Cherokee) and No Home But The Heart: An Assembly of Memories (family story and history).

As a teacher, Rosalie Jones was responsible for the revitalization of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the early 1990's when she was Chair of the Department. Since 2006, Daystar has been developing courses for the Indigenous Performance Studies program at Trent University in Ontario. This is the only university-level program of its kind in Canada, and one of only three such programs in the United States. In 2004 she was honored at UC-Riverside as a "pioneer of native modern dance".
For complete Festival schedule, go to go.naz.edu/dancefest College address: 4245 east Avenue, Rochester, NY
July 8-16, 2011 Box office: 585-389-2170

Events are presented in various locations.
"Dancing on the Grass" Events will be performed on the outdoor stage by Golisano Academic Center; rain space will be Callahan Theater on campus.

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