Blue Train

Conceived and Directed by Martha Bowers and John King
Music by John King

Co-produced by Dance/Theatre/Etcetera and the Wagon Train Project in Lincoln, Nebraska.

BLUE TRAIN was a site-specific event which began in the Wagon Train Performance Loft and proceeded to take audience members on a tour of the adjacent rail yards in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This evening length work explored the impact of the trains on diverse sectors of Lincoln’s population. Over a two year period, Dance/Theatre/Etcetera members traveled to Lincoln to conduct workshops and research the history of the region. The cast of the final production included traditional drummers and singers from the Omaha Tribe, dancers from the Lakota Sioux tribe, retired railroad workers, local artists and youth as well as the professional dancers from Dance/Theatre/Etcetera.

A documentary about the making of BLUE TRAIN was created by Lincoln filmmaker John Spence and Martha Bowers. BLUE TRAIN: MAKING HISTORY DANCE was broadcast on Nebraska Public Television and was selected as a featured film in the 2000 Dance on Camera Film Festival in New York City. Order the film here.