In Phoenix this month, Rulan met with ASU for development of exciting projects for 2009, incorporating collaborations with Phoenix community in a wide range of areas, from environmental studies and indigenous foods, to the more conventional artistic fields such as film, music, and fashion.
She also met with the Heard museum who will be commissioning a major solo in homage to the artwork of Pueblo multi-disciplinary artist Nora Naranjo-Morse, to be shown on January 31. Rulan will also offer workshops at schools of Gila River Crossing and on the Salt River Pima reservation that week, as well as an invitational to pre-professional dancers to join the company warmup for the dress rehearsal.

While in Phoenix, she re shot an additional scene for THE END, directed by Alex Aeraz, which began filming last fall. See the exciting photos with co-stars Raoul Trujillo and Kalani Queypo, and motion clips at www.myspace.com/dancingearthorg

In Los Angeles, Rulan was happy to support the Autry Museum, home to Native Voices Native Theater company, by attending the elaborate fundraising gala with the theme ‘Stone and Feathers’ along with painter Tony Abeyta.

Raoul Trujillo can be seen on HBO this month in the Vampire Series True Blood.

On the morning of October 18th, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, Rulan will participate as dancer/model in the exhilarating outdoor ‘Paint Out’ event organized by the brilliant Roseta Santiago, to bring together the vibrant artistic community for a day of collaboration and celebration

in regalia, on Canyon Rd, by Janie Hughes

in regalia, on Canyon Rd, by Janie Hughes


DANCING EARTH is an ensemble of performance artists under the direction of choreographer Rulan Tangen, representing many First Nations. We gather as individual artists to create experimental yet elemental dances that reflect our rich cultural heritage and to explore identity as contemporary Native peoples. We are passionately committed to Indigenous contemporary dance as primal yet articulate movement - blood memory in motion - that speaks to all beings. We believe in dance as an expression that can illuminate issues of cultural, historical, philosophical, mythic, and spiritual relevance.

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