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Music and Dance of Lakota Sioux On Stage At Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8071 or Siobhan Quinn (528) 629-7170

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Oct. 30, 2001

\"ImageColorful Native American rituals and traditions will be celebrated by the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theater in a performance titled "Cokata Upo! (Come to the Center)," at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Hudson Valley Community College.

The program is part of the "Alive!" series at Hudson Valley Community College, offering a wide variety of cultural affairs programming throughout the year.

A multi-faceted work celebrating the culture of the Lakota people, the dance "Cokata Upo!" is set against a backdrop of video imagery, and is accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs. The program is directed by Henry Smith, and was developed in collaboration with a number of acclaimed performers of the Sioux Nation.

Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theater was founded in 1978 on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, powwow dancers, singers and storytellers. At Hudson Valley, the company will perform a wide range of authentic Plains Indian dances, in a program including three sections: "Birth of a Nation;" "Death and Rebirth," and "All Nations as One," a dance of peace and unity. Narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance to convey the message that people, earth and spirit world are one.

Advance ticket purchase reservations are suggested, with general admission for the Lakota Indian Dance Theatre performance at $15; children under 14 at $8. Seniors with a Hudson Valley Community College student ID will be admitted free. Depending on ticket sales, standing room tickets will be sold at the door.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business, Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.