Department of Dance

DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones


Thursday, January 22, 2015
UCR Dance Lecture by DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones: Creating Indigenous Performing Arts in Higher Education

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Finding Yourself in the Story Lecture by Daystar/Rosalie Jones



Creating Indigenous Performing Arts in Higher Education

Lecture by DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones

Nozhem: First People’s Performance Space (FPPS) is the first Indigenous theater in Canada to be envisioned by an Elder, Edna Manitowabi (Anishinaabe). The physical facility was realized by Marrie Mumford (Metis) in 2003-2004 to be housed within the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. Beginning in 2005, DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones (Little Shell Chippewa) was engaged to assist Marrie Mumord in the development of the curriculum for the program “Indigenous Performance Study” (IPS) , now acknowledged as the first such program in higher education in Canada. A few institutions with strong Indigenous-interest curriculum in Canada are now following this lead.

In this presentation, DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones will detail how curriculum was developed to reflect the cultural, educational and artistic objectives of Indigenous peoples, the various missions of the program, the production schedule of the professional component via the non-profit Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) as well as remarks on subsequent efforts at community outreach and the expected future of Indigenous Performing Arts at the institution. The year 2014 is being celebrated as the tenth anniversary of Nozhem: FPPS.

January 22, Thursday, 4:10 pm
Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Free and open to the public

DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones’ career spans forty-six years, during which time she taught throughout the United States and Canada to encourage and promote the development of Indigenous talent in the performing arts. Born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones is of Little Shell Chippewa ancestry on her mother’s side. She holds a Master’s Degree in Dance from the University of Utah and studied at the Juilliard School in New York City under José Limón. In 1980 she founded DAYSTAR: Contemporary Dance Drama of Indian America, touring the United States, Canada, Ireland, Finland, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

Rosalie Jones has created over 30 works centered within Indigenous cultural story and mythic image. In 1997 she was the first of native ancestry to receive the prestigious two-year NEA Choreographer’s Fellowship; the DAYSTAR Archive was created in 2004 at University of California, Riverside to mark a formal recognition of her work as a “pioneer” of native modern dance. At Trent University’s Indigenous Studies Department she developed Indigenous performance courses in dance, music, mime/mask, storytelling and dance production. In 2011, Allegory of the Cranes was created to commemorate her 70-year marker of life, performing it at Nozhem: First People’s Performance Space, Ontario, Canada and at the Nazareth National Dance Festival and other venues in New York state. Rosalie Jones is a published author: the scripted dance-drama No Home But The Heart: An Assembly of Memories in Keepers of the Morning Star: An Anthology of Native Women’s Theater (UCLA, 2003); “Inventing Native Modern Dance: A Tough Trip Through Paradise” in Native American Performance and Representation (University of Arizona Press, 2009). Other publications are:  Jose Limon: Mentor to Native Youth for the CORD Journal, (2007), Cross-Cultural Alliances: Friend of Foe, with co-author Ned Bobkoff in Re-Envisioning Relationships: Cross-Cultural Alliances (2009) and Modern Native Dance: Beyond Tribe and Tradition in  Native American Dance: Ceremony and Social Traditions (1992). An unpublished concept paper “The Dreamed Imagination: The Four Lodge Ceremony” was one of the generating ideas for Allegory of the Cranes. Website: Her return to UC Riverside marks the 10th anniversary of her 2004 donation of the DAYSTAR Archive to the UC Riverside’s Special Collections Library.

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