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Living Legends performance includes brand-new journey

Brigham Young University’s Living Legends will perform Feb. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU. Tickets are $12 for the public, $11 for alumni or seniors and $8 with a BYU employee or student ID. Tickets are available to purchase at the ticket offices in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at

“Living Legends’ show this year is one that I think everybody would love to come to,” director Janielle Christensen said. “Even those who have seen the show for years will see a lot of new beautiful elements.”

This year’s Living Legends show takes the audience on a journey with a modern twist. The show will also include new music, scenic elements, set designs and lighting.

“We have taken our beautiful story and we have updated it in several ways to give it more of a contemporary spin and also to appeal to young people, letting them identify more with the journey,” Christensen said.

The show follows a young man on his journey to find and connect with his heritage. Played by Michael Goedel, the young man is overwhelmed by the distractions of the modern-day world. He is guided by his ancestors as they invite him to listen in a deeper way to discover who he is.

“That’s kind of the whole purpose of adding this new character,” Goedel said. “It’s a dynamic that the audience can relate to.”

Goedel’s father grew up on a small Indian reservation in Washington and when he saw the show he was surprised by how much he could relate to the new character.



Living Legends captures the essence of ancient and modern culture in a panorama of Latin American, Native American, and Polynesian song and dance. Traditions come to life as talented descendants of these cultures blend authentic choreography, intricate costumes, and heart–pounding music into one captivating show.

More than 300 Living Legends’costumes are based on traditional authentic costumes and many are even made in the regions they portray. Group leaders and guest choreographers from around the world choreograph the dances each year.  

Living Legend’s tours each year. In 2016 the group visited New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga where they performed for the Royal Family of Tonga.

Living Legends originates in the Department of Dance, College of Fine Arts, at Brigham Young University.

Director: Janielle Christensen  

Writer: Bailey Fruit

Tickets and Show Details

Performance Dates and Times: Feb. 24-25 and March 23, 7:30 p.m. 

Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU

Price: $12, Alumni or Senior $11, BYU ID $8

Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422- 2981 or online at