A unique force in world dance, Dancing Earth gathers Native collaborators who embody intertribal ecological philosophies to re-envision contemporary dance and assert its role in our society as purposeful ritual. As indigenous dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers. and poets, they honor dance’s essential function in personal, social, and environmental transformation.

In August of 2018, Dancing Earth and Confluence Collective performed with song, dance, spoken word and poetry for an audience in the Railyard Park. Dancing Earth’s performance incorporated many prominent figures within New Mexico’s indigenous community, and the larger theme spoke to water rights issues in the Greater Chaco Canyon region.

Rulan Tangen, the choreographer of Dancing Earth, orchestrated a powerful and engaging performance with talented dancers, musicians and spoken word poetry.