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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 Earth1 day ago

We found this awesome article online, with striking photo of our Xeric Tlaloc Meraz during our creation period for WALKING AT THE EDGE OF WATER , by the brilliant photographer Will Wilson
https://hyperallergic.com/290705/three-native-american-artists-challenge-a-white-ethnographers-legacy/

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Dancing Earth shared RTD Documentary Channel's video.2 days ago

Dancing Earth embodies the essential belief in healing power of dance and looks forward to our upcoming project which strives to re-balance centuries of invisibiloation and silencing of Native peoples of California in GROUNDWORKS : THE RE STORYING ... Meanwhile this dance legend has found inspiration in the woods near Mt Tamalpais, sharing her work with thousands of students whose lives are changed by movement .. IKAKIMAT keep going Anna !
“ Movement is life: Anna Halprin believes dance can heal anything, from cancer to racism. RTD met with the 97-year-old dance icon to find out how she’s been treating people for decades.”

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RTD Documentary Channel

Movement is life: Anna Halprin believes dance can heal anything, from cancer to racism. RTD met with the 97-year-old dance icon to find out how she’s been treating people for decades.
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Dancing Earth shared Kanyon Sayers-Roods's post.2 days ago

And, representing Cpstanoan Ohlone strong and proud in Yelamu (aka San Francisco) at the Womens March - our beloved lead artist collaborator for 2018 GROUNDWOrKS : The Re Storying project, which will forward CA Native voices, visions, songs, stories, protocols and practices ...
with love and gratitude we share this from the superwoman Kanyon Sayers-Roods who posts :
“ Roaming Ohlone
#mmiw
#stolensisters
#not1more
Ramytush Ohlone Territory YELAMU "

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Dancing Earth shared Pennie Opal Plant's post.2 days ago

Standing up in the streets, our beloved Pennie Opal Plant and other Indigenous sisters and allies... Here is Pennie’s report from San Francisco : “ #MMIW Sad & Alarming that so many of our mothers, sisters, daughters are at risk of being or have already been kidnapped, murdered, and raped. We did our best to stand up for them today and mixed in joy for the many Indigenous women who came out to the Women's March in San Francisco with only a couple days notice. We are so strong together. We stand together in our power and our love for all thst hold dear which includes on another. Big love to all my sisters, young and old. “
#J20 #WomensMarch #Womensmarchsf #indigenouswomenrising #WeStandTogether

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Dancing Earth2 days ago

On a cold winters day, feel our Saami sister Maret Sofia Jannok, and sharing with you her powerful gift for song. We stand with her work as artist activist confronting climate change and the rights of Indigenous people to be included in decision-making for this earth .. We send her our love and gratitude for our meeting and collaborations in 2016 , and send an infusion of hope at this time ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXVuhlMNQA

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SOFIA JANNOK - THIS IS MY LAND (Official)

Reclaiming the land. Song: This Is My Land (Sápmi) Music & lyrics: Sofia Jannok Producers: Sofia Jannok & Henrik Oja Director: Sofia Jannok Edit: Mattias And...
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NATIVE AMERICA | First Look | PBS

Official Website: http://pbs.org | #NativeAmericaPBS Native America explores the world created by America’s First Peoples. The four-part series reaches back ...
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BAY AREA friends : a dance of healing and friendship... Round Dance ! https://t.co/G5NdT7vNfg

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Portland come on out ! Dancing Earth’s Olivia Camfield will be featured in excerpt from Sari Hoke’s dance film... https://t.co/Fef4kUB6Tc

1 day ago
We found this awesome article online, with striking photo of our Xeric Tlaloc Meraz during our creation period... https://t.co/MCU1pK8tGK

2 days ago
Dancing Earth embodies the essential belief in healing power of dance and looks forward to our upcoming project... https://t.co/xTjit7lbGe

2 days ago
And, representing Cpstanoan Ohlone strong and proud in Yelamu (aka San Francisco) at the Womens March - our... https://t.co/fLwX2mhtXC

2 days ago
Standing up in the streets, our beloved Pennie Opal Plant and other Indigenous sisters and allies... Here is... https://t.co/kFcXM9ESDM

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