The Repertory Dance Theatre been selected to dance "Maid of the Mist," a contemporary dance production that will result from the collaboration between the company and Buffalo State College (New York), a team of Native American artists, and the Arts in Education Institute of Western New York Inc.
RDT was selected to dance the work because of the company's "24-year history of presenting exemplary modern dance," said Steve Scott-Martin, director of the Buffalo State College Performing Arts Center and executive producer for "Maid of the Mist."The Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Arts Partners Program has provided a $190,000 grant for the project - the largest grant it has issued for 1991-92. Snowbird Institute for the Arts and Humanities will also provide funding toward the initial creative phase at Snowbird in June 1991.
"Maid of the Mist" centers around an Iroquois legend and will incorporate the talents of nationally recognized artists from various Native American communities.
Bruce King of the Turtle Clan, Oneida Nation of the Iroquois confederacy, has researched and written the narrative that will define the performance. An orginal score will be provided by Louis Ballard (Cherokee/Quapaw tribes), who makes his home in Santa Fe, and has premiered works at the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution.
Raoul Trujillo (Genizaro Tribe) choreographer and co-director of the American Indian Dance Theater, will choreograph the work. He danced with the Nikolais Dance Theater for five years, and his "Shaman's Journey" was featured on PBS's "Alive from Off Center." Elwood Green, executive director of the Native-American Center for the Living Arts, is cultural consultant.
The artistic team assembled in Salt Lake City in early November to launch the project. Trujillo will work with the RDT dancers in June 1991 during the company's summer residency at Snowbird, and during July in Buffalo with the entire creative group. "Maid of the Mist" will premiere at the Buffalo State College in October 1991 and at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City in November 1991.