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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.

 

 

Dancing Earth

Dancing Earth2 days ago

Join us on
Saturday, September 23 at 6 PM - 9 PM CDT
at the
Railyard Performance Center,
1611 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

for a party and preview gathering with Water is Life Community New Mexico !

We invite people here in the Tewa/Towa/Keres/Abaachi/Dine occupied territory ( also know as New Mexico !) to the Railyard Performance Center to experience an excerot from our current touring Eco-Production "Seeds: Re Generation".
We will share a little bit about our new touring cast , our upcoming tour to many locations in Arizona and New Mexico, and then to the western Pacific island of Guahan. We will invite folks to create personal messages for us to carry to the people of Guahan, to show our unity and solidarity with them when they are the vulnerable 'tip of the spear' in world politics.
We ask for your love and blessings as we courageously head out to share our powerful ecologiclal dances, and welcome invite you to find out how you can be part of the work we do. This event is free and open to all in our communites.

Donations are graciously accepted, to help us out on the long road ahead!
http://www.dancingearth.org/donate/

Photo Paulo T Photography

Dancing Earth

Dancing Earth1 week ago

It was such a joy and an honor for Dancing Earth to be photographed in timeless portraits by the super talented Will Wilson in 2012 !!

Dancing Earth

Dancing Earth shared ACONAV's post.1 week ago

Dancing Earth collaborates with ACONAV !
Designer Loren Aragon says : “ We feel it is important to raise an awareness to the ideas that define the culture of the #AcomaPueblo. We do this in an effort to generate a unity among those who believe in what the ACONAV brand represents.
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We introduce #ConnectionToCulture as a means to educate our followers. There are many ideas based on the culture of my people that are expressed through my fashion.
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It is an on going show of respect to the things we believe in and I feel are worth sharing among all cultures.
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The idea of emergence is a part of our story of how we came to be a part of this world. Emerging from the earth and finding our place in this world, forever evolving to adapt to the changes and challenges of life. This is a part of the inspiration to the works in my latest collection.
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I am honored to be working with dancers Ria Thundercloud and Natalie Benally of the Dancing Earth dance company, to present an interpretation of this story of #Emergence. I look forward to introducing this work in the coming weeks and hope the idea is shared positively by all."
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#ACONAV #EvokeEmpowerment #BeyondLimits #NativeFashion #PuebloFashion #ItsAPuebloThing #NativeAmerica #ThisIsACOMA #ThisIsAAKU #ThisIsACONAV #RISE

Dancing Earth

Dancing Earth shared Humanities Guåhan's post.1 week ago

Thank you Humanities Guåhan for this wonderful invitation !

“ Humanities Guåhan is thrilled to bring internationally recognized choreographer and dance artist Rulan Tangen and dance troupe Dancing Earth to Guam in October! Dancing Earth will perform at the University of Guam - UOG on Oct. 10, the Guam Museum on Oct. 12, and the Hyatt Regency Guam on Oct. 14; Stay tuned for more details! #dancingearth #indigenousdance #restoryingourenvironment #dancingearthinguam #guåhan #humanities #wearewater #hitaihanom #hitatalk "

Dancing Earth

Dancing Earth shared Esmé Olivia's post.1 week ago

Dancing Earth artist/educators : out there doin the work ! Here is Esmé Olivia : “ I'm grateful to Working Classroom & the cast of Solving for X, a theatrical investigation on equity in education. I've had the honor of facilitating a 2-week workshop on creating & performing original work for Solving for X. Thank you Dancing Earth & Meggan Gomez for allowing me to practice teaching artistry.
This song, "Breathe," by Ras K'dee, from his upcoming album #CHOOSE, has been a good reminder for us as we move with one hand on the specific & one on the mystery. We have a showing of work tonight at 7 pm at Working Classroom in Albuquerque."

Dancing Earth

Esmé

I'm grateful to Working Classroom & the cast of Solving for X, a theatrical investigation on equity in education. I've had the honor of facilitating a 2-week workshop on creating & performing original work for Solving for X. Thank you Dancing Earth & Meggan Gomez for allowing me to practice teaching artistry.

This song, "Breathe," by Ras K'dee, from his upcoming album #CHOOSE, has been a good reminder for us as we move with one hand on the specific & one on the mystery. We have a showing of work tonight at 7 pm at Working Classroom in Albuquerque.

Dancing Earth

Dancing Earth1 week ago

repost!
@aconav

We feel it is important to raise an awareness to the ideas that define the culture of the #AcomaPueblo. We do this in an effort to generate a unity among those who believe in what the ACONAV brand represents.
-
We introduce #ConnectionToCulture as a means to educate our followers. There are many ideas based on the culture of my people that are expressed through my fashion.
-
It is an on going show of respect to the things we believe in and I feel are worth sharing among all cultures.
-
The idea of emergence is a part of our story of how we came to be a part of this world. Emerging from the earth and finding our place in this world, forever evolving to adapt to the changes and challenges of life. This is a part of the inspiration to the works in my latest collection.
-
I am honored to be working with dancers Ria Thundercloud and Natalie Benally of the Dancing Earth dance company, to present an interpretation of this story of #Emergence. I look forward to introducing this work in the coming weeks and hope the idea is shared positively by all.
-
#ACONAV #EvokeEmpowerment #BeyondLimits #NativeFashion #PuebloFashion #ItsAPuebloThing #NativeAmerica #ThisIsACOMA #ThisIsAAKU #ThisIsACONAV #RISE

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1 week ago
It was such a joy and an honor for Dancing Earth to be photographed in timeless portraits by the super talented... https://t.co/Ktw5hTJlqR

1 week ago
Dancing Earth collaborates with ACONAV !
Designer Loren Aragon says : “ We feel it is important to raise an... https://t.co/Pel5zyTfs2

1 week ago
Thank you Humanities Guåhan for this wonderful invitation !

“ Humanities Guåhan is thrilled to bring... https://t.co/N6ejuvYjp8

1 week ago
Dancing Earth artist/educators : out there doin the work ! Here is Esmé Olivia : “ I'm grateful to Working... https://t.co/8bRtZJF6ID

 

 

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