Rulan Tangen & Dancing Earth Welcoming Reception
Friday, January 15
3-5pm @ SFAI
Santa Fe Dance Company Makes History
DANCING EARTH is the first Indigenous contemporary dance ensemble to receive the prestigious award of a National Dance Project production grant! Santa Fe’s founder of DANCING EARTH, Rulan Tangen, was named “One of the Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2007 and her current production, “Of Bodies Of Elements” will launch its national tour with a preview in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 31st at NDI Dance Barns, and in Albuquerque on Feb 6th-7th at VS Arts North Fourth Theater. Selected from a competitive pool, DANCING EARTH will receive support alongside 20 other contemporary dance companies. Jane Forde, National Dance Project Manager states, “Artists are bridging cultures and creating work that will truly engage communities across the United States.” DANCING EARTH will bring their newest performance to communities across the nation.
“Of Bodies Of Elements” is a full length production of Indigenous contemporary dance. Rooted in Native American perspectives on environmental sustainability, the performance expresses the ensemble’s passionate exploration of the intersection of ritual, culture, and ecology.
“Of Bodies Of Elements” brings together top talent from across Native America, including eight outstanding national dance performers, violin virtuoso composer Quetzal Guerrero, and set design architect Lawrence Santiago , costume design artists Connie Wind and Joe Moncado, who will all be using recycled and organic materials for construction, in an effort for the production values to reflect the performance theme.
Ms. Tangen has been noted by Native Peoples magazine as a pioneer of Indigenous contemporary dance years and this spring will lead “Race and Environment” a project sponsored by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. Ms. Tangen is one of few performance artists to be honored as a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Washington University in St Louis. Of her recent accomplishments Ms. Tangen states,
“ After many years of hard work by many people, I am deeply honored by this shining moment of recognition for Indigenous dance in this country. I hope our work will cultivate a growing understanding for diversity, is all its forms from ethnicity to botany!”
Bringing the integrity and disciplined passion of cultural dance to youth in Native communities is an important part of DANCING EARTH’s work. This spring students in Espanola Valley Schools, including San Juan Pueblo, will be invited to participate in dance workshops.
Sent with Photos of :
– DANCING EARTH (photo credit: CMS Photography)
– Rulan Tangen (photo credit: Joe McNally)
WHERE AND WHEN :
Santa Fe: Special preview
Sunday January 31 ,@7 pm
at the National Dance Institute , 1140 Alto St ,Santa Fe NM
( buy tickets at door , or in advance at KICKS on 801 Cerrillos Rd , 505 – 982 9277)
Albuquerque : Premiere
Saturday Feb 6 @ 8 pm and Sunday Feb 7 @ 2 pm
At the VSA North Fourth Art Center, 4904 4th NW, Albuquerque NM
(tickets call Box Office at 505-344-4542 or visit http://www.vsartsnm.org)
Ticket Prices $15 for general admission, or $10 for children, students with ID, and seniors,
Press photographers may contact Rulan@dancingearth.org for schedule, location, and hours of rehearsals for magnificent photo opportunities starting January 18th, with full run-throughs with some of the sets and costumes during the week of Jan 25th.
For more information, images, or interview requests please contact Rulan Tangen at (617) 448-6299 or Rulan@dancingearth.org.
“Of Bodies Of Elements” is made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.
It is presented by Santa Fe Art Institute and Dancing Earth Creations, with additional support from College of Santa Fe, National Dance Institute of NM, VSA North Fourth Art Center, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Santa Fe Opera’s Pueblo Opera Program, Espanola Public Schools Arts in Schools Program, Moving People/Santa Fe Dance Festival, Institute of American Indian Art’s College and Museum of Native Contemporary Art, and Southwestern Association for Indian Art.