"Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet" will be performed this week at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
“Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet” will be performed Wednesday-Saturday at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
“Wahzhazhe” was produced by Randy Tinker Smith and choreographed by Jenna Smith, both of Osage descent. Roman Jasinski acted as adviser on the project. The musical score was composed by Osage tribal member Lou Brock and University of Tulsa composer Joseph Rivers, and arranged and orchestrated by Joseph Rivers, according to a news release.
“Wahzhazhe” is a contemporary ballet that brings together unique and diverse qualities of Oklahoma history and culture. 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.
The ballet premiered in Tulsa and in Bartlesville in August 2012.
For more information on the ballet and the Osage story, go to https://osageballet.com. The ballet performance times and venue location can be found on the NMAI website at http://nmai.si.edu/home.
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