Bringing messages to the universe: New work by Dancing Earth a ‘ritual’ responding to violence of resource extraction
It’s been a hectic two weeks for Rulan Tangen. Days have been long due to hours of practice. But it’s for the good of the performance. “I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to bring messages to the universe and showcase the power of media,” Tangen says. “That’s the real gift.” Tangen is the founder of Dancing Earth, the Santa Fe-based dance company that brings world-class contemporary Indigenous dancers together in telling stories. The company will preview its latest piece, “Between Underground + Skyworld or BTW US,” tonight at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe. Tangen describes the new production as a “performance ritual” in response to the violence of natural resource extraction. The critical state of the environment globally acts as the proverbial fuel for the intense bodily response to re-imagine a futurism rooted in Indigenous-led sustainability….
-By ADRIAN GOMEZ / JOURNAL ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR