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Allegory of the Cranes by Daystar/Rosalie Jones

Thursday, May 1, 2014
  2–3:30 p.m.

Location: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South Screening Room, INTS 1128
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Category: Screening


Screening and discussion

Allegory of the Cranes by Daystar/Rosalie Jones

Daystar/Rosalie Jones is the Founder and Artistic Director of Daystar Dance Company. The Company, founded in 1980, was the FIRST DANCE COMPANY in the U.S. created with all-native performers and specializing in the portrayal of the personal and tribal stories of Indian America. The Company has toured throughout the United States and Canada, and in Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Daystar (Rosalie Jones) was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and is of Pembina Chippewa ancestry on her mother's side. She holds a Master's Degree in Dance from the University of Utah with postgraduate work at Juilliard School in New York City. She studied Korean, Hawaiian, East Indian and Flamenco dance, mine with Reid Gilbert, and modern with Jose Limon and Hanya Holm. Over many years, she has gained a knowledge of the indigenous dance and cultural forms of the Plains, the Northwest Coast, and Conchero Dance, among others. As a teacher, she was responsible for the revitalization of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the early 1990's when she was Chair of the Department. In 1995, Daystar was awarded a two-year National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Choreographer's Fellowship. In 2005, she began to help develop a Native performing arts curriculum at Trent University in Ontario.  UC Riverside Special Collections holds the Daystar Archive, which she donated in 2004 as part of the Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance conference. Her return marks the 10th anniversary of that donation.


Caption: Allegory of the Cranes. Daystar/Rosalie Jones as Nitsitapiw Aaki (Alone Woman) 2011
Photographer: Stephen Rose.


This event is part of Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside, hosted by Jacqueline Shea Murphy, UCR Department of Dance. The year-long celebration of UCR’s Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies will highlight a decade-plus of programming in Indigenous Contemporary Choreography at UCR, including the 10th year anniversary of the groundbreaking 2004 Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance conference supported by a major grant from the Ford Foundation.

Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside is presented by the UCR Department of Dance with additional support from the UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, the Culver Center of the Arts, the National Dance Project, the UC Riverside Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs and Native American Education Programs, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, UCR's departments of Ethnic Studies, Music, and Global Studies, and the Center for Ideas and Society.

Open to: Open to interested others with RSVP:, Jacqueline Shea Murphy, UCR Department of Dance
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Dance Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245