March 14, 2013

Osage ballet Wahzhazhe

'Wahzhazhe': An Osage Ballet at the National Museum of the American IndianOpening March 20 and running through March 23 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. is the Osage ballet, Wahzhazhe. Performances are free and will be staged daily at 3 p.m. in the Rasmuson Theater, 1st level.

The Osage ballet, Wahzhazhe, is a contemporary ballet that brings together unique and diverse qualities of Oklahoma history and culture: a reverence for classical ballet that was the legacy of two famous Osage ballerinas, Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, and the richness of Osage traditional music, dance, and textile arts. The creative set designs transform the stage into accurate depictions of Osage lifestyles and the costumes are created to appear as the traditional tribal clothing that was worn during the past 200 years.
Comment:  For more on Native ballet, see Boise Philharmonic's Sacred Land and A Story Before Time.

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Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:

The Heart of Dance: Prima Ballerina Maria Tallchief Honored in Ballet

During opening night of Wahzhazhe, an Osage Ballet, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa will present a one-night special tribute program to the late prima ballerina Elizabeth Maria Tallchief, who walked on April 11, 2013. (Related story: “Osage Ballerina Maria Tallchief Walks on at 88.”)

The special one-night tribute will be held August 9 at the Bartlesville Community Center and will celebrate her life and legacy with speakers, a film tribute and a performance of Swan Lake by Diana Gomez of the Tulsa Ballet. Wahzhazhe, which tells the history of the Osage people, will be performed after the tribute.