DANCING EARTH is an ensemble of intertribal performance artists under the direction of Director/Choreographer Rulan Tangen. Dancing Earth has represented onstage more than 21 First Nations community members as cultural artist ambassadors, including Kainai, Metis, Tarasco, Pueblo, Pima/Maricopa, Seneca/Cayuga, Yaqui, Shoshone, Seneca, Pampanga, Juaneno, Amazon Cambiva, Coushatta, Ha- wai’i and Shoshone. Their dances reflect their rich cultural heritage and draws on the stories and perspectives of a multitude of Indigenous peoples.
Rulan Tangen is an internationally accomplished dance artist and choreographer. She is the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer DANCING EARTH, noted in Dance Magazine as “One of the Top 25 To Watch”, and winner of the National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant, as well as the National Museum of American Indian’s Expressive Arts award. She is also recipient of the Costo Medal for Education, Research and Service by UC Riverside’s Chair of Native Affairs, as well as honoree by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation for their first dance Fellowship, for Artistic Innovation. As performer and choreographer, she has worked in ballet, modern dance, circus, TV, film, theater, opera and Native contemporary productions in the USA, Canada, France, Norway, Mexico, Brasil and Argentina. Her work values movement as an expression of indigenous worldview, including the honoring of 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”.