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DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations
promotes biocultural diversity through Indigenous dance and related arts,
for the education and wellness of all peoples.
 

... current touring production ...
 
     A unique force in world dance, Dancing Earth gathers Native collaborators who embody intertribal ecological philosophies to re-envision contemporary dance and assert its role in our society as purposeful ritual. As indigenous dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers, and poets, we honor dance’s essential function in personal, social, and environmental transformation. We dance the rich diversity of our contemporary heritage with the intent to promote ecological awareness, cultural diversity, healing and understanding between peoples. Our aesthetic embodies earth’s inherent spirit, and is created by, with, and for the land and the peoples of the land.
       Director Rulan Tangen was selected as the only artist among top ten finalists across all disciplines for Nathan Cummings Fellowship for Social Change. She was also honored with the first Dance Fellowship for Artistic Innovation by Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; A Blade Of Grass Fellowship ; Arts for Social Change Award from Arts and Healing Network; Costo Medal for Education, Research and Community Service; and ”25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine.
       Her founding vision for DE is to serve an unmet need in the USA, giving hope and opportunity to Native talent who’re outside of professional performance due to lack of access and resources. In turn, Native artists’ contributions and rigorous cultural engagement challenge notions of what comprises dance training, the role of audience, and boundaries between performance and collaborative community art-making. DE’s circle reaches beyond Native communities who may have never seen theatrical dance, into festival and opera house audiences who may have never met a Native person. Recognizing DE’s reach, New Zealand’s US Ambassador awarded each dancer a medallion for cultural representation.
       DE’s relevance is evidenced by extensive national/international touring invitations, eliciting reviews such as: “embodies the implicit and unique urgency that beats at the very heart of dance....here we are shown wonder upon wonder - organisms emerge from dying stars, sky beings take shape in color, texture, and metamorphosing forms.” A. Hassett, THE magazine; "a thoroughly contemporary work with performers...whose athleticism and multifarious talents and training acknowledge the air as much as the ground under their feet." SF Bay Guardian; and “Something so special, it’s indescribable.” Blackfoot Chief James St Goddard.

 THANK YOU SUPPORTERS

Meow Wolf is an arts collective based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico established in 2008. The group is composed of more than 100 artists across several disciplines including: painting, architecture, sculpture, video production, audio engineering, writing and many more.

Thank you to the Zellerbach Family Foundation for their support of "We Stand Together." The Mission of the Zellerbach Family Foundation is to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families & communities.

Thank you to Honor the Earth for their support of “The Re-Story-Ing” ongoing project. The mission of Honor the Earth is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues & to develop needed financial & political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.

Thank you to the New England Foundation For The Arts, & their support of Dancing Earth through the National Dance Project award. NEFA’s mission is to build connections among artists, arts organizations, & funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, & the world. The National Dance Project supports the creation and touring of new dance works & connects artists, cultural organizations & audiences across the nation.

Rulan Tangen is honored to be a recipient of A Blade Of Grass 2016 Socially Engaged Art Fellowship. ABOG provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence & serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. The Fellowship supports individual artists and collectives who are working in leadership roles and in partnership with communities, in ways that are relevant in everyday life, at ambitious scale, to enact social change. Rulan & Dancing Earth are sincerely thank A Blade Of Grass for this support!

Thank you to the The Marshall L. & Perrine D. McCune Charitable Foundation for their support! The McCune Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural, & spiritual life of New Mexicans. The Foundation memorializes its benefactors through proactive grant making that seeks to foster positive social change.

Hundreds of individuals have participated in Invoking The Pause. They come from a broad range of fields with expertise in arts, science, communication, media, education, energy, agriculture, theatre, permaculture, impacts, resilience, social justice, policy, systems thinking, conservation, social enterprise, technology, water and more. As a result of their involvement, networks have expanded, partnerships formed, and new climate challenge strategies have been put in place.

Thank you to the California Arts Council whose mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity.The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching undeserved communities.

Thank you to the San Francisco Arts Commission, the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy.

 

The N7 Fund is committed to inspiring and enabling participation in sport for Native American and Aboriginal populations in North America. N7 is inspired by Native American wisdom of the Seven Generations: In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the seventh generation.

 

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry.

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Dancing Earth shared Talking Stick Festival's post.3 days ago

Dancing Earth and V'ni Dansi - in collaboration, sharing a glimpse of our work in progress Feb 23 evening at the RoundHouse in Vancouver for the Talking Stick Festival. We honor our plant relatives of the prairies : learning, listening and embodying the good medicine in MICHIF MEDICINES ...

Lets HEAL IT, together !!

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Dancing Earth shared Rulan Tangen's post.1 week ago

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Dancing Earth shared Rulan Tangen's post.1 week ago

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Dancing Earth shared Mary Arose's post.2 weeks ago

I met Christina Leyva at Bioneers , choreographing a Bee Dance , soon after I had made a bee dance at Fort Lewis College ; I invited her to our Sunmer Institute as our 2016-17 Summer Inst Ecological Artist Ambassador . Dancing for bees ! We also make seed balls with milkweed and other seeds that attract the pollenators !

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Dancing Earth shared Christi Belcourt's post.2 weeks ago

another rehearsal day begins in Coastal Salish land of Vancouver , exploring Metis plant medicines such as those depicted and studied by this visionary Metis artist Christi Belcourt ...

Open work in progress showing Feb 23 eve at the Roundhouse for the Talking Stick Festival, details to be revealed on their website !

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Dancing Earth shared Rulan Tangen's post.3 weeks ago

From the award winning choreographer Yvonne M Chartrand : “ I am honoured to be collaborating with Artistic Director Rulan Tangen from Dancing Earth on a new work called Michif Medicines. Rulan invited me to Sante Fe, New Mexico several years ago, along with many Indigenous choreographers from around the globe to explore ancestral wisdom of the reciprocal relationship between plants and humans. Soon afterwards my Father told me my Great Aunt was the medicine woman (doctor) of my ancestral community . If people were sick they went to her. My solo was based on Michif Medicines . I am thrilled to be able to continue exploring this theme along with talented dance-artists from V'ni Dansi and Dancing Earth. The photo shown here is Rulan in the December issue of Dance Magazine. Rulan will be receiving the 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist award while Dancing Earth has been recognized with medallions from the US Embassy as cultural ambassadors on tour to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Congratulations Rulan! We will show a works in progress at The Talking Stick Festival on Friday , February 23rd evening at the Roundhouse Theatre. "

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Dancing Earth and V'ni Dansi - in collaboration, sharing a glimpse of our work in progress Feb 23 evening at the... https://t.co/7JHpJwJrso

2 weeks ago
I met Christina Leyva at Bioneers , choreographing a Bee Dance , soon after I had made a bee dance at Fort Lewis... https://t.co/MvQjAiIx3w

2 weeks ago
another rehearsal day begins in Coastal Salish land of Vancouver , exploring Metis plant medicines such as those... https://t.co/10Kjy06w3a

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From the award winning choreographer Yvonne M Chartrand : “ I am honoured to be collaborating with Artistic... https://t.co/DZgevRM18e

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