Theater, Dance, Visual Art, Music
The ‘storytelling theatre’ of DAYSTAR emphasizes a respect for Native American belief systems and world view while offering a broad interpretive reflection on those traditions. DAYSTAR performs and teaches the ‘old style’ traditional dance, historical and modern dance, mask and mask-making, singing and character transformation. DAYSTAR is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational dance company that presents an expression of Indigenous peoples living strong in the 21st century. Daystar/Rosalie Jones was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and acknowledges Pembina (Little Shell) ancestry as passed through her mother’s lineage.
GAMES AND DANCES OF TURTLE ISLAND (K-8, adapted to class periods)
A participatory session to experience the animal, bird and fish stories of Indigenous peoples. The Fish Dance (Menominee), The Mosquito Dance (Cherokee), the Duck Dance (Creek), the Snake/River Dance (Ojibway). Songs and sign language can be included as time permits.
DANCES AND STORIES OF TURTLE ISLAND (high school level, adapted to class periods)
Signature Intertribal dances are demonstrated with explanation of their origination and history in North American Indigenous cultures. The Butterfly Dance (women’s fancy shawl), Legacy of the Dream (Jingle Dress Dance), The Grass Dance (men’s dance), The Hoop Dance. Students participate and learn these dances in longer sessions. Ask for details.
DANCING THE FOUR DIRECTIONS (high school level, adapted to periods or 1 hour)
An illustrated talk (40 minutes) on the Ojibway Medicine Circle that describes the world as a great Circle to which we all belong – a teaching tool to be utilized by anyone to understand how to live ‘the good life’. Performance (15 minutes) of ‘Dancing the Four Directions” is the story of one person’s journey to learn from the Water, the Deer and the Eagle. Talk and Dance can be presented formally on stage with lighting, if available.
PUSH Physical Theatre
PUSH Physical Theatre DISCOVERS the potential of young imaginations, GUIDES children in creative, expressive movement and BUILDS confidence and healthy esteem by maturing self-identities in a safe and nurturing environment.
Award-winning PUSH has a long history of creating arts education programming for K-12 and college students. Performances include selections of their work followed by an audience talk-back. Discussion topics include human relationships, social interaction, stereotypes, etc. Workshops introduce students to the movement arts and support curriculum areas such as physical science, character development and literacy.
The artists will guide the students throughout the program. None of our connections are set in stone – if schools, teachers or teaching artists come up with any curriculum tie-ins, key words or concepts, let us know. We would be happy to refer to them during the performance.