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BYU’s Living Legends – A Nevada Sesquicentennial official event

By ThisIsReno

SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE

CARSON CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission announce an addition to the Nevada 150 events calendar.  As part of Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood celebration, the Brigham Young University’s dance group, Living Legends, will perform “Seasons” at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

“Seasons” is a spectacular performance of choreography, colorful costumes and heart pounding music bringing to life the skill, beauty and authenticity of these traditional cultures.  From the graceful Hawaiian hula and Mexican fiesta dances to the excitement and beauty of a Native American pow wow, Living Legends performance reflects the cycle of civilizations through the portrayal of changing seasons and weaves together legends of the past with the reality of today.

David Haws, president of one of the church’s local organizations, says it is important to stay connected to our past.  “This artful and talented presentation represents stories from the past.  We should always be mindful of our ancestry and know our individual and cultural heritage,” said Haws.

Aftenposten of Norway wrote of the performance, “The Native American dancers…were so energetically competent that we were convinced drops of rain would have fallen heavy and fast if they had tried a rain dance.” After viewing the performance President Santo Rene Nunez Tellez, Managua, Nicaragua said, “A culture does not die when it dies, it dies when it is forgotten. Your show rescues culture and heritage.”

Scott Carey, events and community relations manager for the Nevada 150 Committee, said he was pleased to have a highly acclaimed multi-cultural event as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration.

Tickets for the performance are available on sale through the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts’ box office, www.pioneercenter.com  or (775)-686-8600.

About Nevada 150

Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come.  Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans.  Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration commenced on Nevada Day 2013 and will conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October 2014. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.