Theater for the New City, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Pow-Wow
The troupe made a home in the old McBurney YMCA on 23rd Street and Seventh Ave. Within three or four years, they were traveling throughout the continental U.S., expanding and sharing their repertoire and gleaning new dances on the reservations. A number of Thunderbird members are winners of Fancy Dance contests held on reservations, where the standard of competition is unmistakably high.
The Thunderbird-TNC collaboration began in 1975, when Crystal Field directed a play called "The Only Good Indian." For research, Ms. Field lived on a Hopi reservation for three weeks. In preparation for the project, she met Louis Mofsie, Artistic Director of the group and a representative of the American Indian Community House. They made plans for a Pow Wow to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The event has continued annually to this day.
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Scholarship Fund receives its sole support from events like this concert (it receives no government or corporate contributions), and has bestowed over 350 scholarships to-date.
Running from January 25 to February 3, 2013, the show plays Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (at Tenth Street). $10 general admission to all evening shows, whose running time is 2 hours.
MATINEES ARE KIDS' DAYS: At all matinee performances, children under twelve accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult are admitted for $1.00 (adults $10). Running time 1 hr. 30 min.
Box office/audience info (212) 254-1109. Online ticketing available at www.theaterforthenewcity.net.
Pictured: Alan Browne - Shooting Star (Delaware/Dutch) greets a young audience member at 2009 Pow Wow. Photo by Suzanne Trouve Feff.