November 20, 2001 |
In the really bad old days, you'd probably get your ideas--wildly inaccurate ones--about American Indian culture from Hollywood films. In the not-so-bad days, you could get a realistic view if you were willing to travel to powwows and reservations. That all changed in 1987 with the creation of the American Indian Dance Theatre.
November 15, 2001
* American Indian Dance Theatre presents an evening of dancing, drumming and chanting drawn from traditional cultures Nov. 23-25 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-4646. $26-$32. * Running Nov. 28-Dec. 9 is the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival at the Vogue Theater, 6675 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 962-1599, (212) 777-7100.
February 1, 2001 |
Something wonderfully thought-provoking happened near the end of the latest American Indian Dance Theatre program--it got minimalist. After an evening of sumptuously costumed traditional dance, with contemporary edges glimpsed here and there, "Modern Fancy Dance" came along--six young dancers in black T-shirts and shorts, dancing without an overlay of symbols, stories or decorative adornment.
February 22, 1996 |
At its birth nine years ago, American Indian Dance Theatre resembled the long-established Moiseyev, Bayanihan, Ballets Africains and Ballet Folklorico companies in its emphasis on variety. Like those pioneer predecessors, it offered an array of theatricalized regional suites: ethnic vaudeville, strongly performed. Increasingly, however, its programs have focused on a visionary pan-Indian identity more than the histories and traditions that make each tribe unique.
February 20, 1996 |
Many Los Angeles artists stand with a foot in each of two different worlds, traveling back and forth between the entertainment industry and their home cultures. But Saginaw Grant knows what it means to make the trek on a weekly basis. A member of the Sac and Fox tribe of Oklahoma, Grant is both a traditional Native American dancer and a working TV and film actor. And for the past 10 years, he's juggled his weekday acting assignments with weekend trips to tribal gatherings where he dances.