To kick off this season’s Wild West Show, Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre will host a community discussion and performance Tuesday, June 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Cody Theatre.
The event is free and open to the public.
Lakota historian and great-grandson of Sitting Bull Ernie LaPointe will join Western American historian and curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum Jeremy Johnston in a conversation about the shared histories between the two cultures.
The two will discuss how cultures remember their pasts differently and how people can come together to hear the stories they share from each other’s perspective.
RMDT director Elizabeth Fernandez said she recognizes that we have entered a new era for telling the story of the American Indian experience as they lost their traditional lands and lifestyles.
“I wanted to see if we could find a way to talk about some of the aspects of [Buffalo Bill’s Wild West] show in a way that could be educational to all of us and also to help us have a modern and new conversation about American Indians and their role in the show,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez said she was put in touch with LaPointe by a colleague and learned many interesting details about his grandfather Sitting Bull’s involvement in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
“There was so much amazing information that I didn’t know about their culture and felt like it would be really great if we could somehow share that with our community and my dancers so that they could understand their role in that,” Fernandez said.
In its second year, Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre’s Wild West Show will run June 28 through July 29, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m.
Fernandez said the show was well-received last year and she is grateful for the feedback last summer.
“Community support was amazing,” Fernandez said. “We have such an amazing following for the arts in our community.”
She added it will be a completely brand new show this summer.
“It has a lot of the same elements but it has an extended script,” Fernandez said. “It has more dancing. It has more scenery and more props. There is more technical aspects to our show.”
Tickets for general seating are $15 for all individuals.
For tickets or more information, visit codywildwestshow.com or call (307) 899-3265.