Dancing at the Crossroads of Arts & Activism – A Pre-show Dance Performance by AI Fellow, Maura Garcia

Dancing at the Crossroads of Arts & Activism – A Pre-show Dance Performance by AI Fellow, Maura Garcia

  • May
  • 27

  • 7:30 PM
Contact: artistinc
Location: Copaken Stage lobby
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Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep) proudly presents the world premiere of a new play by preeminent Native American writer Larissa FastHorse. FastHorse is dedicated to showcasing other Native American artists in conjunction with presentations of her work. Prior to the show on Saturday, May 27th, Maura Garcia will present a specially remounted version of “Ahwi sgv sgo’i ” at 7:30pm, in the Copaken Stage lobby, 1 H&R Block Way Kansas City, MO 64105.

Originally from North Carolina, Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a dancer/choreographer who uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and the rhythms of the natural world. Ahwisgvsgo’i means, “she is always planting” in the Cherokee language and explores southeastern growing traditions and our relationship with the powerful elements that make the growing cycle possible. The May 27th pre-show performance of Ahwisgvsgo’i takes place by an indoor waterfall and features newly constructed installations.

Directed by Sam Pinkleton, “What Would Crazy Horse Do?” is the tale of twin siblings, the last members of their tribe, who have just lost their grandfather when the KKK comes knocking with hopes of forming an alliance. A chilling look at the notion of racial purity, this story reveals the challenges contemporary Native Americans face when fighting extinction in a world that seems to have already forgotten they exist. “This play fights against what I call ‘eracism’, or the attempt to erase the humanity of Native peoples. I am thrilled to present my choreography before such an important and compelling work. It is quite an honor,” says Garcia.

The pre-show dance performance is free and open to the public. Marissa Wolf, KCRep Director of New Works/Associate Artist describes Maura Garcia’s work as “layered, muscular, and surprising. In particular, her open, raw, emotional presence inside the movement is breathtaking…She offers a vivid and lively connection to Indigenous cultures within a contemporary lens.”

For further information about Maura Garcia, please visit her website at www.mauragarciadance.com or email her at mauragarciadance@gmail.com.

For more information about What Would Cr azy Horse Do? and to purchase tickets for the play, please visit http://kcrep.org/show/what-would-crazy-horse-do# or contact the box office at 816-235-2700.


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