The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will tour nine Wyoming communities performing “Six Songs from Ellis,” an original work that captures the voices of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in one of the greatest human migrations of all time.
Millions of immigrants and their stories entered the United States through the gates of Ellis Island during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, more than 40 percent of Americans can trace their ancestry to this period of relatively open immigration through New York’s harbor.
Following each production, a question-and-answer session will be held by humanities scholar Patty Kessler.
Choreographed and directed by UW dance faculty member Marsha Knight and co-directed by Leigh Selting, “Six Songs from Ellis” is a multimedia dance-theater work that centers on the oral histories of the immigrants and refugees who passed through Ellis Island.
Six Songs from Ellis touring activities are sponsored by UW Fine Arts Outreach, Wyoming
Cultural Trust Fund, Wyoming Arts Council, Think WY/Humanities Council, and the UW College of
Arts and Sciences, and in Sheridan by the Seidler Family Foundation, Kay Pearson, and Dixie See.