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Rulan Tangen & the Dancing Earth collective


From their site :  "Dancing Earth is an inspirational array of Indigenous contemporary dance artists who work as a collaborative ensemble under the leadership of Rulan Tangen. Dancing Earth strives to embody the unique essence of Indigenous identity and perspective by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals".


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Vision, from their site :

Ancient and futuristic, our dances are an elemental language of bone and blood memory in motion. Springing from the heart and spirit of originator Rulan Tangen, we create bridges for art and humanity, tradition and experimentation. Unified by vision, we cultivate the artistry of each individual on behalf of empowerment of all Indigenous peoples. Through arts, we promote awareness and communication as cultural exchange with both Indigenous communities and global audiences. With passionate and committed artistic exploration, we revitalize issues of environmental, social, cultural, spiritual, historical, educational, and philosophical relevance. We gather and create with respect, inspiration, and innovation.


About Rulan, from her site :

Rulan Tangen has 20 years of experience as a dedicated dance artist, performing professionally with ballet, modem and powwow dance companies in New York, Canada, California and Europe. She began serious ballet training in Russian style technique with Mme Elena Piernik in San Francisco, which led to a scholarship at the prestigious Marin Ballet School. With its associated company, she began performing the classical repertory as well as new roles with choreographers including Norbert Vesak and Val Caniparoli. After graduating early from high school at age 14, she chose to move to New York City where she studied on scholarship with David Howard and performed with several ballet companies in the Northeast. After touring Europe and becoming exposed to Tanztheater aesthetics, she focused on working with emerging choreographers to develop new work. By adding graham and other modem dance movement forms to her vocabulary, she became a contemporary dancer, performing with several opera companies, Peridance Ensemble and Michael Mao Dance in New York and European tours, as well as being honored as a finalist in the Hennessy Cognac Performing Arts Awards in 1989. As a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Michael Mao dance she was involved in projects including developing movement for non-sighted adults, and for inner city high school students who spoke English as a second language.

“I have yet to see Dancing earth perform as a group, but I had the chance to see Rulan perform in impromptu spaces a few times, the first being at the Gary Farmer Gallery of Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, the second on a street performance during Indian Market ... I love everything about them, and I feel words can't do much justice to their work, so I'd encourage you to go check out their picture galleries, and perhaps seek them out in you're traveling in the great american Southwest ... ”
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