Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theater

Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theater Bringing the Beat to Detroit


Detroit, a city that knows a thing or two about music, is hosting a show that can bring the energy and skill that the denizens of Motown can appreciate.

The Detroit News reports that the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre is bringing its "spiritually, visually and aurally stunning production Cokata Upo! Come to the Center to the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts," tonight.

This three-act show will give the Motown audience the group's incredible live act, with "traditional, sacred and courting songs with narratives and creation stories, dance, music and video backdrops," as the News writes.

"Founded in 1978 on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, the dance theater consists of highly acclaimed performers of the Sioux Nation. The troupe tours the nation frequently, has visited Greece and was featured in the opening celebration of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.," the News reports.

"We absolutely try to make it an experience," Henry Smith, head of the Indian dance theater, told the News. "What we want to cultivate is an appreciation of the depth of the Lakota." While the show is filled with incredible sound, color and dance, Smith told the News that the drum serves as the foundation of the show.

"The drum is the heartbeat. It gets people involved and it moves people. It is like a catalyst," he said.

For more on this story,  click here. For information on tickets, see below:

Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre

8 p.m. Friday
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
350 Madison, Detroit,
Tickets: $30-$50
Call (313) 887-8501

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