November 2011

” Here is a link to the video of Dancing Earth’s performance, which I hope you’ll find as powerful as we did.
It was elegant, profound and a tremendous gift to the social sculpture that is Bioneers…” – Nina Simons, Co Founder of BIONEERS
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November dances, in tribute to our ancestors, of blood , of spirit and of all the elements, with peace and blessings for DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS .. 

Coming up : More Autumn Touring !
DANCING EARTH presents our final National Dance Project national tour presentation of our award winning ” Of Bodies Of Elements ” . The company is joined by local NM guest artists Lisa Nevada and Yvette Garcia ..

South Dakota
Nov 2nd : student workshops at Marty High School, South Dakota
Nov 3rd : 6 pm performance “Of Bodies Of Elements” at Wagner Auditorium, South Dakota

Fort Lewis College in Durango:
Nov 8th : Master Workshops for classes of Contemporary Dance,  and Theater Production, with Community Lect/Dem at 730-9 pm  at Concert Hall open to ALL community members !

Nov 9th : Master Workshop for class of Social Change and Action

Nov 10th : Southern Ute Cultural Center Lect/dem for area youth; Master Workshop for HipHop class, and 730-930 pm free open class for community, all ages at Skyhawk Hall

Nov 11th : 7pm public performance of OF BODIES OF ELEMENTS, followed by post show reception
Community Concert Hall at FLC
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: (970) 247-7657
Ticket link

California, Bay Area:

photo by Elizabeth Opalenik of  Ehren Natay and Jesus Jacoh Cortes
Nov 19, Saturday : Our Bay Area associated youth dance training program Cuicacalli presents 4th annual student concert, with choreography by director Jesus Jacoh Cortes – and special guests from DANCING EARTH –  at the Brava Theater in the heart of the Mission, San Francisco ! This show regularly sells out, but for tickets or donations to affordable dance training program for Latino/Indio youth please contact

Nov 20, Sunday : CUICACALLI : TRADICION , MOVIMIENTOS Y PASION comes to the East Bay’s Ashkenaz Community Center ! Cuicacalli’s most beloved folklorico dances will be performed by students and special guest folklorico ensemble, along with excerpts from DANCING EARTH’s repertory . This celebration of Indigenous solidarity beyond borders, encourages our multi-cultural community to gather and join hands at this season of giving thanks. Lobby will feature artwork by respected East Bay artist/muralist Joaquin Alejandro Newman whose work has been featured at the National Museum of American Indian. Post show reception to meet dancers !
Ticket link :

*** PLEASE NOTE , our Autumn Celebration fundraiser at Legends Gallery in Santa Fe on November 4th has been postponed, but we invite those of you who had been interested to attend to meet the company for a dinner that evening, between tour stops ! Pls contact for details

Last month :
October was an exciting month with a powerful review and Green Planet in THE magazine , thank you Tony, Guy and Jennifer for giving visibility to our dance movement ! Please pick up your issue while they are still available !

Ms Tangen traveled to Arcata CA for Humboldt University’s Indigenous Peoples week and was able to meet representatives of North Coastal tribes and receive permission for DANCING EARTH to bring our dances to their land in the future. She created a new water-themed trio with Jaque Fragua and Daniel Arizmendi for an audience of thousands at the Marin Civic Center Auditorium for the “Breakdown to Breakthrough- Re-Imaging Nature in the Age of Nature ” BIONEERS conference. She also gave a workshop for Women’s Earth Alliance ‘Leadership at the Nexus” forum, and attended a “Meditation In’ held by OCCUPY SAN FRANCISCO .

December takes Ms Tangen to Tampa Florida for the National Performance Network conference.
Winter holidays will be devoted to research, conceptualization, and fundraising for our proposed new work : Walking the Edge of Water. Indigenous Guest Artists from Canada and New Zealand are applying for funding from their respective governments to join DANCING EARTH’s ensemble for creation of the new production of ‘Walking The Edge of Water” March 9-11 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

This work has already received  invitations for excerpt appearances and related community engagement workshops at sites including Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver in February and Hemispheric Encuentro of Performance and Politics in Mexico City in March. These prestigious international invitations require support for travel costs; Please consider making a donation to help bring the dance embodiment of powerful messaging about our most precious  resource to our global community !

‘At the Hemispheric Encuentro 2007, Centro Cultural de Recoleto,  of Buenos Aires , Argentina . Dancer Rulan Tangen, Artist Leland Chapin)
2012 looks to be a year of creativity, with residency invitations from Humboldt University and UC Riverside in CA, and Canada’s Trent University’s first summer dance intensive : “Crossing Turtle Island” for which Ms Tangen is invited as part of key artistic/cultural faculty. ( add foto , title ” International students of Indigenous Performance Initiative in work in progress by Rulan Tangen, to be sent in sepaarte email …)
Looking forward to deepening the connection between Indigenous contemporary dance and socio-environmental awareness to bring positive change for our planet in the prophetic year of 2012 !

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