Osage Ballet tickets on sale for August performances

Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The Osage Ballet, Wahzhazhe, is scheduled to perform at The Mansion Theater in Branson, Missouri, Aug. 5 and 6. For tickets and information, call 417-385-1118 or visit themansiontheater.com.

The Osage Ballet is immersive and deeply moving storytelling through dance, using contemporary ballet to convey the history of the Osage people from pre-contact to present day. Osage heritage and traditions are captured in a stunningly beautiful stage performance using traditional drums, costumes, and dance. Through creative set design, the stage has been transformed into accurate depictions of Osage life over the last four hundred years.

With Martin Scorsese’s film Killers of the Flower Moon currently filming in the present-day Osage Nation, Osage history is on the minds of many people. Visitors to Branson, Mo. have two opportunities to experience the rich history of the Osage through artistic dance when Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet is presented at The Mansion Theater on Aug. 5 and 6.

Art is a language common to us all. By retelling the dramatic narrative of the Osage in the art form of dance, Wahzhazhe speaks in a way all can understand. Ballet is the natural medium with which to tell such a story: Osage sisters Maria Tallchief and Marjorie Tallchief took the ballet world by storm in the mid-20th century, leaving an indelible mark on both the discipline and on Osage culture. Wahzhazhe is a continuation of this tradition.

Wahzhazhe premiered in August 2012 to great acclaim. Since the resounding success of their debut, the Osage Ballet has gone on to perform across the country, notably at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC in 2013, and for the Papal Visit at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, PA in 2015. This year’s performances in Branson, Missouri will mark the first performances since the COVID-19 pandemic.