... 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.
We are so pleased to have NDP Touring subsidy for booking this as a performance or residency; we hope to inspire nourishment for your community!
Creative process evolved from our previous decade of cultural research on Indigenous water issues, which led us to the seeds, and roots of our origination, and the plants and foods of our sustenance. We began in early 2014 with a series of solos created outdoors through the seasons; out of this came one of Dancing Earth’s most beloved solo works, created in tribute to Anne Pesata, who first met Rulan in a dance class at age 8 on the JIcarilla Apache reservation, A fifth generation basket weaver, this solo has toured extensively and been acclaimed by Gloria Steinhem, Alice Walker, Winona LaDuke.
A version was created in fall of 2014 with 60 community members in the rural Four Corners, included students, Native youth, singers, farmers. Here is the documentary of the making of SEED: Food, Earth, Dance, courtesy of Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall and Theater Department.
In 2016, with support from A Blade Of Grass fellowship and National Dance Project, we returned to Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall to premiere ...SEEDS : RE GENERATION… with cast of 10 Dancing Earth artists including aerialist and hoop dancer, cultural guest artists, and DJ.
In excerpts and full length, the eco-production has toured to:
RIDDU RIDDU Festival, Saami territory, sub arctic circle, Norway
Planet IndigenUs & McMichaels Gallery, Toronto CA
Native Visions & Voices for Seven Generations, a festival of Native artists for Social Justice, Idyllwild CA
Oyate Okodakiciyapi Festival, Ordway MN
Crystal Bridges, AK
Seeds & Soul Festival, Lake Merritt CA
Bioneers Conference, CA
Gammage Hall at ASU, and Mesa Art Center, AZ
- Guahan, at invitation of Humanities Guahan , with support from USA Artists International
- and Native community sites at Zuni, Gallup, Akimel O’odham, and Moving Arts Espanola at Okay Owingeh