December 2009

SAVE THE DATE !!! Coming up in the first full moon in the new year….

World premiere of:



Directed and Choreographed by Rulan Tangen

Prices $15, or $10 for children, students with ID, and seniors,

Santa Fe — SPECIAL PREVIEW on Sunday January 31 , 7 pm,

at the National Dance Institute , 1140 Alto St in Santa Fe NM( buy tickets at door , or in advance at KICKS on 801 Cerrillos Rd , 505  982 9277)

Albuquerque — PREMIERE:  on Saturday Feb 6 @ 8 pm and Sunday Feb 7 @ 2 pm,

at the VSA North Fourth Art Center, 4904 4th NW in Albuquerque (tickets call Box Office at 505-344-4542 or visit


OF BODIES OF ELEMENTS is envisioned as an hourlong performance ritual that interprets Indigenous ecology and sustainability from mythic, historical, metaphoric, futuristic perspectives to revitalize our understanding of current challenges. Worldview is expressed through Indigenous collaborators as dancers, composers, set designer, costume designer, who adapt eco-sustainable practices by incorporating recycled and reclaimed materials, organic materials, bio diesel and solar power into their construction of a new performance ritual, rooted in ancient philosophies. Even our publicity is being done largely through the internet, with some printing with vegetable inks on certified forest sustainable paper products

Please join us in this unique artistic/cultural offering!

Credits :

“OF BODIES OF ELEMENTS “ is made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

It is presented by DANCING EARTH CREATIONS and Santa Fe Art Institute, with additional support from College of Santa Fe, National Dance Institute of NM, VSA North Fourth Art Center, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Southwestern Association for Indian Art, Santa Fe Opera’s Pueblo Opera Program, Espanola Public Schools Arts in Schools Program, Moving People/Santa Fe Dance Festival, Go Native Arts!,  Institute of American Indian Art’s College and Museum of Native Contemporary Arts


Rulan’s new choreography for students at Washington University’s winter dance concert TRANSMOTION , is premiering at the Edison Theater in St Louis On Dec 4 and 5 at 8 pm and Dec 6 at 2 pm.

For a cast of 12 amazingly diverse students ( with majors in Psychology, Environmental Science, Architecture, Art and more!) “Ms Tangen creates a new work from a perspective of place specific ritual, exploring the iconography of ancient Cahokia artifacts, and the cultural fertility of the site where two rivers cross, as in the Native American medicine wheel. The ecstatic convergences of anthropomorphic energies at the life source of water later darkens as the implications of extinction of species has ramifications on humanity. Inspiration emanates from both the individuality and the collective group rhythm of a intriguingly diverse cast.”

Rulan thanks the amazing dancers, costume designer Bonnie Krueger and her design class, lighting designer Sean and stage manager Allie, and the vision and support of dance department director  Mary Jean and talented colleagues Cecil and Ting Ting, with whom Rulan a was honored to share the program!

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