Brigham Young University’s International Folk Dance Ensemble performs at Central Wyoming College Saturday, January 21 in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre.he 7:30 p.m. performance includes dance from a variety of cultures from around the world. Tickets, available from the CWC Box Office, are $15 adults, $10 for students, and for a family of four, tickets are $40. The performance is sponsored by Arts In Action and the CWC Music Department.
The Gathering is the pulse of the world’s cultures, bringing together Irish hard shoe, American clogging, Ukrainian hopak, exotic Indian dances, and other music and dances from around the world in a 90-minute performance. The showcase incorporates dance and music from Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America into a showcase.
The ensemble wears authentic costumes and is accompanied by a highly acclaimed acoustic band Mountain Strings.
“An extraordinary amount of time, talent, and resources go into a production of this size,” says Edwin G. Austin, artistic director of the ensemble. “The program, however, goes much deeper than pure entertainment. The production is steeped in tradition—a patchwork of mankind’s finest expression—an attempt to preserve fragments of diversity that might otherwise be forgotten.” Performers in both ensembles are students from states across the US and from countries throughout the world.”
Since 1964, IFDE has toured all over the world, representing the United States and American folk culture. The group has become internationally famous at the world’s most prominent folk dance festivals where they perform with many of the best dance companies from throughout the world. The group has traveled to more than 100 countries with their international repertoire. IFDE has also represented both BYU and the U.S. as the American performance in the world’s largest folk festivals.
The CWC Box Office is open from 3-6 p.m. weekdays. Audience members may also purchase tickets online by going to tickets.cwc.edu.