Local dancers are coming together to retell the story of the copper strike of 1913 through a dance drama called, "For They Are Women's Children.â??
Choreographer Donna Armistead said she and a friend came up with the idea nearly 17 years ago, and it's finally coming to the stage this October.
â??As I read more and more about the strike, all of these images just started coming into my head, and I thought it would be so fabulous to represent them in a dance idiom,â?? said Armistead.
The dance chronicles the strike from the very beginning and includes key events, like the Italian Hall disaster, and key players, like Big Annie.
All of the parts are played by community members of all ages who wanted to help retell history.
â??I thought it was going to be really fun to get to dance in it and to learn about the copper mining strike,â?? said fifth grader Hannah Tuoriniemi.
â??I don't know too much about it, so I've been learning more about it and just learning what led up to it because I feel like a lot of people do know about it, but some people don't know as much about it as they should,â?? said 11th grader Melanie Nulf.
This Saturday at Hancock's Copper Island Beach Front, the cast and crew will have a meet and greet fundraiser at 5 p.m. to back the cost of putting on the show.
The dancers agree that the show will be both informational and enjoyable.
â??It could teach them a little bit more about the copper mining strike, and it's going to be a lot of fun,â?? Tuoriniemi said.
â??Historically, the tragedy at the Italian Hall did not take the wind out of the sails of the strike at all,â?? Armistead explained. â??It just made the people determined to fight harder. Even though there are very tragic circumstances, the audience should still go away with a feeling of hope, inspiration, and determination.â??