Trend Magazine was fortunate to spend a very special evening with Dancing Earth, an incredible contemporary dance organization, “creating contemporary dance and related arts through global-Indigenous and intercultural relationships centered in ecological and cultural diversity for creativity, health, and wellness.”
It was a perfect summer Santa Fe evening to gather and experience the beauty and form of contemporary dance and indigenous expression through movement. The work of the artists prompt deep and reflective forms of storytelling.
The event was, “a site-immersive ritual to commemorate Dancing Earth’s 11th Summer Institute and to meet the creative circle of Dancing Earth.” According to Founding Artistic Director, Rulan Tangen, “We gather as individual artists to create experimental yet elemental dances that reflect our rich cultural heritage as contemporary global peoples. We strive to embody the unique essences of cultural perspectives by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals. Ancient and futuristic, our dances are an elemental language of bone and blood memory in motion.”
Dancing Earth cultivates a blend of activism, ecology-consciousness, and artistry, through collaborative engagement and conscious expression.
Dancing Earth Creations collaborators have grown dance works into platforms for global Indigenous worldviews and cultural exchanges, protocols, multi-disciplinary arts and story sharing, environmental stewardship, and advocacy for diverse perspectives. Works are project-based and collaborative. Dancers connect with, “local farmers, cultural advisors, and activists to create productions under the guidance of elders who advise appropriate themes for widespread sharing- including diversity, as well as sacred land and water, for the health and wellness of all people and the planet.” To donate, volunteer, or learn about upcoming performances, visit wwww.dancingearth.org.