Dancers depict past political protest


The Girl with the Kaleidoscope Eyes shows life of a musician in the late ‘60s, early ‘70s

A performance showcasing the journey of a musician during a time of political unrest and protest through dance is coming to the E.A. Rawlinson Centre stage.

The Abiding Lines Dance Company is currently touring the show, titled The Girl with the Kaleidoscope Eyes, across northern Saskatchewan, and will wrap up the tour with a Sunday show in P.A.

The performance tells the story about the life and times of an aspiring young singer/songwriter in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, amidst the Vietnam War and Rock and Roll Revolution.

The journey of the main character, Lucy, is set to iconic music from the era, and told through the dance of the cast of 27 performers from across the province.

“We come together to create a show that is like a musical, except we don’t use singing or dialogue. We just use music and our bodies to tell the story,” said Kara Dubyk, artistic director for the show.

‘We take a look at the political atmosphere of the late 1960s, and we actually relate it to today and how there are some parallels between what went on back then and what goes on now.”

The 27 dancers range in age from 14 to 27. They’ve been meeting once a week in Saskatoon since September, with daily rehearsals as the performance drew nearer.

While there are dancers from Saskatoon, other cast members come from Wilke, Lloydminster Tisdale, Lanigan and Prince Albert.

Tickets are available at the Rawlinson Centre box office. The show is scheduled for Sunday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.

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