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Indigenous dance workshop by Rulan Tangen

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  2–3:30 p.m.

Location: Arts Building Dance Studio, ARTS 100
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Category: Performance



Indigenous dance workshop by Rulan Tangen

Rulan Tangen is an internationally accomplished dance artist and choreographer. She is the Founding Artistic Director and choreographer of DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations, and has been noted as “One of the Top 25 To Watch” by Dance Magazine.

Rooted in cultural respect, her vision for dance is at the avant garde experimental front of Native art expression in the USA, and is now being understood and recognized through awards, medals, academic invitations, and cultural honors. DANCING EARTH is a winner of the National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant, and the National Museum of American Indian’s Expressive Arts award. Tangen is a fellow of the Global Centre for Cultural Entrepreneurship, and has been awarded the first dance fellowship for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Here at UCR, she is a recipient of the Costo Medal for Education, Research and Service by UC Riverside’s Costo Chair of Native Affairs. As performer and choreographer, Tangen has worked in ballet, modern dance, circus, TV, film, theater, opera and Native contemporary productions in the USA, Canada, France, Norway, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. She has taught extensively in Indigenous communities across the Americas; at Washington University as Visiting Distinguished Scholar; at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, where she led a course on creative response to “RACE AND ENVIRONMENT;” and has presented lectures and workshops at Arizona State University, UC Riverside, and the University of New Mexico.

Her choreography, created from Indigenous principles of collaboration rather than hierarchy, explores the de-colonization of theater premises and revitalizes Indigenous cultural practices. In building and touring her company, she recruits and cultivates a new generation of emerging Native multi-disciplinary artists. Her company DANCING EARTH premiered its first work in Riverside at the Sherman Indian High School, as part of the 2004 Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance conference; she has returned regularly since to teach workshops at UCR and in the local Native community. She returns this year to donate her Archive to the UCR Special Collections library.

This event is part of Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside, hosted by Jacqueline Shea Murphy, UCR Department of Dance. The year-long celebration of UCR’s Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies will highlight a decade-plus of programming in Indigenous Contemporary Choreography at UCR, including the 10th year anniversary of the groundbreaking 2004 Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance conference supported by a major grant from the Ford Foundation.

Open to: Open to interested others with RSVP:, Jacqueline Shea Murphy, UCR Department of Dance
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Dance Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245