American Indian Dance Theatre Performing Nov. 3 in Bedell

Photo of the American Indian Dance Theatre during a performance.

American Indian Dance Theatre, the country’s leading Native American performing company, will perform at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 17, 2007 – American Indian Dance Theatre, the country’s leading Native American performing company, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

American Indian Dance Theatre was founded in 1987 by playwright/director Hanay Geiogamah and produced by the late Barbara Schwei. The 16-18 dancers, singers and musicians have performed to acclaim in virtually every state and have toured to theatres and festivals in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Australia, often with the support of the U.S. State Department.

The company has taped two television specials for the PBS Great Performance Series, one of which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Its multi-week engagements at the Joyce Theatre in New York City have regularly played to enthusiastic, sell-out audiences. In the last few seasons, the troupe has performed in more than 50 cities from Hawaii to California to Illinois to New York, including a week-long engagement for the Kennedy Center’s Youth and Family Program Division and a three-week tour of the Northwest.

During the 2007-2008 season, the company, whose members have been recruited from as many as 10 different tribes from across the nation, will offer a new production, portions of which premiered a few years ago at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. Geiogamah, head of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, continues as the director of American Indian Dance Theatre.

For tickets and ticket information, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651- 2265 or go on line to metrotix.com, keyword “indian”.