Le Vent du Nord gets folks dancing in Wahpeton, ND!

By Ken Carlson

The dancing didn’t start immediately though. First Le Vent du Nord had to get to Wahpeton. With knuckles as white as the driven snow through which the ensemble drove, Le Vent du Nord pushed through 50 mph hours winds and white-out conditions the night of February 8 to finally reach its Wahpeton hotel about 2:45 a.m. that day.

School was delayed later that morning, and residency plans turned sideways as result—but Three Rivers Arts Council, Le Vent du Nord, and the local community rearranged things so that the rest of the week danced along beautifully. Special thanks to Wayne Beyer and Mary Gibbon for these photos and all their effort and kindness during the week!

Two staff members, Eric Sayler and Dora Lister, couldn’t resist the urge to dance during Le Vent du Nord’s workshop at Circle of Nations School.


Photo by Wayne Beyer and Mary Gibbon, courtesy of Three Rivers Arts Council.


Photo by Wayne Beyer and Mary Gibbon, courtesy of Three Rivers Arts Council.

And it seems the very same dance fever gripped students at Wahpeton’s Central Elementary.


Photo by Wayne Beyer and Mary Gibbon, courtesy of Three Rivers Arts Council.

Students at Breckenridge Elementary took a turn learning to play music with their feet—the unique and distinctive foot percussion that’s such a big part of Le Vent du Nord’s music.


Photo by Wayne Beyer and Mary Gibbon, courtesy of Three Rivers Arts Council.

Le Vent du Nord’s week began with a visit to the Red Door Art Gallery where, surrounded by beautiful quilts and sustained by a generous and tasty potluck, members of Le Vent du Nord met community members and enjoyed some local music while also sharing a bit of their own. It was a great way to start the week!


In the photo bottom row: Myssi Juelfs and Renelle Bertsch; second row Erin Gunderson & Mary Gibbon; third row, Lise Erdrich, Francois Beausejour, Olivier Demers; fourth row, Laura Youngbird and Nicolas Boulerice; fifth row, Simon Beaudry and Rejean Brunet; back row, Rita Erdrich and Wayne Beyer. Photo by Wayne Beyer and Mary Gibbon, courtesy of Three Rivers Arts Council.

Behind every great band there’s an equally great sound engineer. Here’s Francois, Le Vent du Nord’s fabulous sound engineer, enjoying his seat amid a sea of students as he runs the sound for Le Vent du Nord’s workshop at Breckenridge Elementary.


Photo by Wayne Beyer and Mary Gibbon, courtesy of Three Rivers Arts Council.

Comments

It was so wonderful to have Le Vent du Nord as our guests! I absolutely love seeing the community get interested in the world and music!!

It was great to visit you, we had a great time with all of you and the kids, elders, at the circle of nations, at the show. Hope to see y’all very soon!!!
Olivier

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