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Ceremonial donation of DANCING EARTH Archive by Rulan Tangen

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
  2–3 p.m.

Location: Rivera Library Costo Room, Special Collections, 4th Floor.
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Category: Ceremony



Ceremonial donation of DANCING EARTH Archive by Rulan Tangen to UCR Special Collections Library

Special guest: Choreographer Daystar/Rosalie Jones

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.


Daystar/Rosalie Jones is the Founder and Artistic Director of Daystar Dance Company. The Company, founded in 1980, was the FIRST DANCE COMPANY in the U.S. created with all-native performers and specializing in the portrayal of the personal and tribal stories of Indian America. The Company has toured throughout the United States and Canada, and in Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Daystar (Rosalie Jones) was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and is of Pembina Chippewa ancestry on her mother's side. She holds a Master's Degree in Dance from the University of Utah with postgraduate work at Juilliard School in New York City. She studied Korean, Hawaiian, East Indian and Flamenco dance, mine with Reid Gilbert, and modern with Jose Limon and Hanya Holm. Over many years, she has gained a knowledge of the indigenous dance and cultural forms of the Plains, the Northwest Coast, and Conchero Dance, among others. As a teacher, she was responsible for the revitalization of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the early 1990's when she was Chair of the Department. In 1995, Daystar was awarded a two-year National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Choreographer's Fellowship. In 2005, she began to help develop a Native performing arts curriculum at Trent University in Ontario.  UC Riverside Special Collections holds the Daystar Archive, which she donated in 2004 as part of the Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance conference. Her return marks the 10th anniversary of that donation.


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.

Parking: Purchase permits at the Kiosk.  

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Dance Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245