July 19-20: "Vita" to Feature Mixed-Ability Theatrical Dance
Children's Care Hospital and School and Flutter Productions are excited to present Vita, a theatrical dance production featuring 30 dancers and actors of all ages and abilities.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, in the Edith Mortenson Theatre.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under at cchs.org or at either Sioux Falls Children's Care location.
Vita was written and directed by Heather Pickering and choreographed by Andrea Schaefer — the national award-winning team of Flutter Productions, which creates original pieces of movement-based theater that allows all performers the opportunity to soar. This fantastical and mythical tale is based on the ancient myths of Ferentina and Romulus, beginning in the ancient Roman countryside and traveling through time to the 1930s.
By featuring performers with and without disabilities, Vita will challenge the perception of what people are capable of achieving. Flutter Productions brings together artists from different experiences to work with a new creative community to create beautiful, heartfelt, and inspirational productions.
Jamie Richardson, education project coordinator for Children's Care, is the school's coordinator for the project.
"An eye-opening moment for me was when one of our students came in while I was looking at pictures of past Flutter Production shows, with students in full costume and theatrical makeup," he said. "I told her she could do that, and she was incredulous — 'I could really do that? For real?,' she said."
"It was a glimpse into what she could do, and it was really powerful," Richardson said. "Sometimes our kids don't understand the opportunities and possibilities that are out htere for them — this production will challenge that."