Cokata Upo! (Come to the Center)
Lakota Sioux Dance Theater
Extravagant costumes, traditional dance and historic narratives tell the story of the birth, death and rebirth of a nation
4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9
The LAKOTA SIOUX DANCE THEATER was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, Cokata Upo! (Come to the Center) singers and storytellers. The company performs "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 spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the visually stunning performance.
"A dazzling performance… Conveyed a profound sense of ritual." — The Washington Post