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Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' Pow Wow and Dance Concert at Theater for the New City

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' Pow Wow and Dance Concert

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  • Jan. 14, 2022 through Jan. 23, 2022, Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Children's Matinees Saturday and Sunday, 3pm
  • Theater for the New City
  • 155 First Ave., East Village
  • All Ages
  • $15; Children's Matinees: $15; $1 for children younger than 12 - Advanced Registration Required
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The 47th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Pow Wow and Dance Concert will feature dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans.  TNC donates all proceeds from the event to college scholarship funds for Native American students. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods. Throughout the performance, all elements are explained in depth through detailed introductions by the troupe's Director and Emcee Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago). An educator, Mofsie plays an important part in the show by his ability to present a comprehensive view of native culture. Highlights will also include storytelling by Matoaka Eagle (Santo Domingo/Chickahominy), a Hoop Dance set to guitar and flute music that will be performed on alternating dates by Marie Ponce (Cherokee and Seminole), Michael Taylor (Choktaw) and Matt Cross (Kiowa); a Deer Dance (from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern Arizona) with Ciaran Tufford (Mayan/Cherokee) and Carlos Ponce (Mayan), and various ensemble dances: a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes), a Fancy Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes) and a Robin Dance and Smoke Dance (from the Iroquois). As the audience enters the theater, they will be serenaded by the Heyna Second Son Singers (various tribes). Pageantry is an important component of the event, and all participants are elaborately dressed. There is a wealth of cultural information encoded in the movements of each dance. More than ten distinct tribes will be represented in the performance. The dozen-or-so dancers are people of all ages, raging from thirteen-year-old Isabel Cespedes (Mayan) to retirees.

All audience members, including children, must show proof they are vaccinated to attend this live performance. Children under 5 will not be admitted.  Masks are required at all times for all audience members. Performers will not be masked. Matinées are kids' days, when vaccinated children aged five to twelve accompanied by a vaccinated, ticket-bearing adult are admitted for $1.00 (adults $15). 

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East Village, NY

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    THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY was founded in 1970 by Crystal Field to realize clear purposes and goals:

    -to embody the vision of a center for new and innovative theater arts that would be truly accessible to the community and its experimental theater artists.

    -to discover relevant new writing and to nurture new playwrights.

    -to be a bridge between playwright, experimental theater artist, and the ever growing audiences in the community.

    -to create spaces where a new vision can breathe and be nourished by a working process not subject to commercial constraints and pressures.

    -to create events and ways in which to bring theater into the community and bring the community into the theater.

    THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY is a unique cultural Institution that has earned a nationwide reputation for its dedication to nurturing established and emerging playwrights who experiment with new forms and to presenting other experimental and developmental theaters with a very active program of Community Art Services and Festivals which continue to expand theater accessibility.