DANCING EARTH in 2016 !
We are busy rehearsing for another year of collaboration with the earth and all her forms of life - all of our relations ! We are proud that from our very beginnings, our vision has been rooted in Indigenous wisdom, as shared by elders and culture-carriers, and intuited by the creative embodiment of our inter-tribal artists.
We begin the year with gratitude, optimism and joy; looking ahead to an exciting year of sharing our work in Northern and Southern California to 2 sites in Canada , 17 sites in Arizona, several locations in the Four Corners areas of New Mexico and Colorado, and hopefully will be able to accept an invitation by Sami people for cultural exchange and performance at the RIDDU RIDDU Festival in Northern Norway!
In recent years we have generated a series of powerful performance rituals that grows organically on the eco-advocacy productions of the last few years. OF BODIES OF ELEMENTS toured to 8 states in 2009-11, WALKING AT THE EDGE OF WATER brought us to Canada, New Zealand and New York City, with performances also in our home bases of Bay Area and New Mexico in 2012-13. 2014-14 brought us seeds and roots as a metaphor for cultural-ancestral lineage, with solos, small group worksand large community works that included ORIGIN-NATION, RE-GENERATION and SEEDS: food, earth, dance.
This year it emerges in the form of a work for four women leaders, the incomparable culture carriers Anne Pesata ( Jicarilla Apache basketweaver, culture carrier, and all around superwoman who work for Health Dept of her tribe), Lupita Salazar ( Chicana farmer with masters in Environmental Sustainability, solidly grounded in her Northern NM roots and teaching theater for local youth at Moving Arts Espanola), and Natalie Benally ( Dine language speaker- featured as the voice of Dorrie in Navajo version of Disney’s Finding Nemo, and committed theater teacher for youth in Gallup), as well as Director/Choreographer Rulan Tangen !
We invite you to enjoy a daily reminder of our cultural artistry, and support our work by purchasing a 2016 calendar for a donation of $25 or more plus shipping, at our DONATE NOW button ! Thank you for your support of Dancing Earth !