Santa Fe Botanical Gardens
Date and Time:
June 24, 2017 at 5:00-8:00 pm
Santa Fe riverbed and arroyos
Rulan Tangen will be joined by choreograhers Rujeko Dumbutshena, Elise Gent, Deirdre Morris, Bobbe Besold, and Emmaly Weiderholt.
Founder of DANCING EARTH CREATIONS (DE) in 2004. After years of teaching dance workshops to reservation youth, she strove to create hope and opportunity for aspiring performers, theater artists and technicians, who also serve as culture carriers, art educators, and leaders. Dancing Earth has thus inspired a new generation of Indigenous performers to express their culture in vital contemporary and experimental forms.
Her professional experience spans international ballet, modern dance, opera, circus, film and television production including includes NYC’s Michael Mao Dance, and Peridance Ensemble; Canada’s Karen Jamieson Dance and Banff Aboriginal Arts; Littleglobe’s Memorylines Opera; and Wise Fool New Mexico’s One Soulstice Circus. Native productions include Bones Dance Opera, Ordway Theater’s TRIBE, and Northern Plains traditional powwow dancing. She has danced, acted or choreographed for TV including PBS’s “Music From a Painted Cave” and “We Shall Remain” series, Much Music command performance for HRH Princes Charles, and films Apocalypto, The New World, and Ancestor Eyes, for which she received an Action On Film nomination.
Surviving cancer to discover her leadership purpose, Tangen continues to teach extensively in Native communities across the Americas, as well as institutes of higher learning. With a vision for inclusion, she cultivates a new generation of Native dancers, through creative practice that explores intertribal diversity. Many of her students have danced with the company, crediting the work to have empowered their identity as well as their scope of artistic aspiration. Her teaching credentials include Washington University’s Visiting Distinguished Scholar; guest artist instructor at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts for “RACE AND ENVIRONMENT”; Native Wellness Institute Leadership Academy; Artistic Residencies at UC Riverside, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Arizona State University; and New Zealand’s Intercreate symposium.
Her vision is recognized through honors including the first dance fellowship for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Costo Medal for Education, Research and Service by UC Riverside’s Chair of Native Affairs, and as Dance Magazine’s pick as one of “25 To Watch”, the New Mexico School for the Arts ‘ Community Arts Leadership award, the 2015 Arts & Social Change Award from Arts and Healing Network, and was honored as a top ten finalist across all disciplines for the Nathan Cummings Fellowship for Social Change.
Her work values movement as an expression of indigenous worldview, honoring matriarchal leadership, dance as functional ritual for transformation and healing, the process of decolonizing the body, and the animistic energetic connection with all forms of life on earth. She has recruited and nurtured a new generation of Indigenous contemporary dancers and holds the belief that ” to dance is to live, to live is to dance”.
Internationally regarded dance artist; Independent dancer/performance artist; and actress with over three decades of experience in the study of movement arts; live performance and production; choreographer in film/theater/outdoor and site-specific venues; and instructor of several movement forms. Internationally acknowledged as a leader in Indigenous contemporary dance movement; Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer of Dancing Earth – a grass roots, project-based Indigenous contemporary dance initiative; lecturer at various universities, conferences, and educational programs; and published writer. Fieldwork with Indigenous communities in USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.
History of Site and Related Water Issues:
Water Is Life Festival June 24 5-8pm Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
Dancing Earth Creations, Not Afraid To Look and Rivers Run Through Us invites our high desert community to celebrate water with, ‘WATER IS LIFE’ – a community engagement festival featuring creative, interactive, performative, educational activities – at the beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden on June 24 from 5-8 pm.
At this moment in history, we honor Water by inspiring action and international collaboration through the universal language of dance, movement, ceremony, story, poetry, art, and ideas.
Join us in honoring the sacred lifegiving aspects of water by participating in a procession from the Santa Fe River, creating a Water Medicine Wheel , story circles, and multi-faceted water activities that are creative, artistic, cultural, and educational .
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How can I get involved?
We are welcoming volunteers to join our circle of planning for this powerful gathering for the honoring of water, and welcome your creative contribution as a dancer, musician, activity leader !
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