DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations
promotes biocultural diversity through Indigenous dance and related arts,
for the education and wellness of all peoples.
BREAKING NEWS !!! Dancing Earth Creations is so pleased to announce that our Founding Director and Choreographer, Rulan Tangen, has been selected for the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition Award! While this information will not be released publicly by Kennedy Center until mid-April. We wanted to let you know how proud we are of our hardworking director, who says “this is an award that recognized the power of “WE” - anyone who has supported, encouraged, participated in our powerful movement for movement building, for indigenous embodied knowledge as central to ethical socio-cultural-environmental shift, can celebrate our victory of being seen, heard, recognized! Rulan will accept the award during the National Arts Summit at the Kennedy Center in April 2018, after cultural protocols with the Powhatan and Piscataway First Nations, as graciously coordinated by Gabrielle Tayac.
The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, honors our 35th President everyday by uplifting ideals from his legacy (service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude) that live through the arts. As part of this celebration of legacy, the Kennedy Center launched the "Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition" in 2016, which recognizes emerging artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities.
The recognized Citizen Artists Fellows will be mentored by Yo-Yo Ma, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, among other Kennedy Center artistic partners. Additionally, they will receive national attention for their impact in their local communities and opportunities to showcase their voice and work on stage, through exhibition, and at national conferences.
Rulan takes this moment to reflect with gratitude of her forthcoming visions, as well as her legacy as an artist, including:
- Dancing Earth’s major eco production SEEDS RE GENERATION (selected for support by National Dance Project) awaiting touring
- Project GROUNDWORKS: THE RE STORY-ING (supported by MAP FUND and California Arts Council Local Impact grant) begins with cultural research and community engagement in Northern California. This is the foundation for a new work on renewable energy from cultural, spiritual, practical perspectives
- New Dancing Earth documentary made by Larry Blackhorse Lowe, award-winning Navajo filmmaker
- Media and tech design collaboration Ian Garrett ( et via the Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts) for an entirely off-grid production design
- She is prepping for her next Our Summer Institute which began in 2012 in response to overwhelming requests for training from Indigenous artists/culture carriers across the globe, many of whom we had met on while touring, that was respectful and inclusive of their Indigenous heritage. Currently, there is no inter-tribal, inter-cultural Indigenous dance training within the United States outside of Dancing Earth’s trainings and workshops. All these projects seek advocates, collegial recommendations, support, and in kind partnership so we hope this award will bring attention to the actual import work we are doing, and strengthen and expand relationships and resources for this work to be experienced out in the world!
- And, Dancing Earth’s legacy is sustained by year round dance training for youth in New Mexico and in Bay Area, as well as the important Summer Institute which provides much-needed training for Indigenous Artists, equipping them with professional development to empower their communities. Please feel free to visit our website to make a donation or learn more about our Summer Institute. We will soon be introducing you to our 2018 Summer Cultural Artist Ambassadors, who will be joining us from First Nations across the United States, Canada, Haiti, New Zealand, Samoa, Australia--- and with many more on the waiting list to attend!
Rulan is honored for the recognition that this award brings to her whole circle, and grateful to continue to explore innovative ways that arts can provide purposeful service to Indigenous peoples, lands, and waters . Rooted in decades of lived cultural research and professional dance/choreography experience, Rulan humbly offers the Kennedy Center her perspectives on being able to recognize Native communities as well as leverage support for more equitable resources for artists.
Available for Touring!
... current touring production ...
...SEEDS : RE GENERATION… is a purposeful performance that Indigen-izes space as vital transformative gathering ground. Centered in Indigenous ecological knowledge, residencies culminate in an immersive, interdisciplinary, and participatory contemporary dance ritual. ...SEEDS : RE GENERATION… evolves from Dancing Earth’s intertribal artists in exchanges with Native elders, farmers, foragers, seed savers, and food and water justice groups, in visioning sessions and movement workshops that root our restoring/restory-ing of land and people. With the core theme of resilient adaptability, this work can be hosted by indoor or outdoor sites with opening dance designed to adapt to people and place.
This production is available for touring to your community ! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , of Walrus Arts Management, for booking.
Created with kind support from National Dance Project, A Blade of Grass Fellowship, and creation residency with Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall, CO.
Excerpts have toured to Riddu Riddu Festival, Norway ; Planet IndigenUs and McMichaels Gallery, Toronto; Guahan at the invitation of Humanities Guahan; ASU’s Gammage Hall, AZ; Mesa Art Centre, AZ; Ordway Theater, MN; Crystal Bridges , AK; Seeds and Soul Festival, San Francisco; Bioneers conference, CA; Idyllwild, CA ; and communities of Zuni, Gallup, Akimel O’odham, Moving Arts Espanola in Okay Owingeh.
ABOUT DANCING EARTH : 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.