SPEAKER SERIES: Rulan Tangen, Choreographer, Indigenous Dance Making : Process and Performance : Growing Collaborations Between Earth and Her Peoples

  • Speaker Series

  • 44B Dwinelle Hall

  • October 11, 2018
  • 4:00-5:00 PM
Join us at the TDPS Speaker Series, a free presentation offered on monthly Thursdays 4:00–5:00pm throughout the year in the TDPS Conference Room 44B Dwinelle Hall. A reception will follow each event.


Indigenous Dance Making:Process and Performance:Growing Collaborations Between Earth and Peoples

Founding Artistic Director of Dancing Earth, Rulan Tangen brings us on an experiential, multi-sensory journey to ignite imagination and intuition around movement building – centering diverse global Indigenous worldviews of herself and collaborators as a circle of solidarity in the face of environmental challenges. Her global Indigenous heritage and ceremonial lineage inform her protocol of respectful relationship building with original First Nations peoples wherever she is invited. She thanks Huichin Ohlone – original caretakers of the land on which UC Berkeley is built – for welcoming her dance practice to the land they have sung and danced into renewal since the beginning of time.

She will poetically describe the motivation, questions, and guidance that has shaped her work of cultural exchange and collaboration, considering the process of decolonizing the body, and the energetic connection with all forms of life on earth. Her work values movement as an expression of global Indigenous cosmologies and is a movement of solidarity around ecological issues, taking responsibility to collectively restore dance to its purpose as functional ritual for transformation and healing of our era for all forms of life. 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.” 

Rulan Tangen – of heritage including Kampanpagan, Norwegian, is an internationally accomplished dance artist and choreographer and a 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist.  She is the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer DANCING EARTH, which has been noted in Dance Magazine as “One of the Top 25 To Watch”, National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant, as well as the National Museum of American Indian’s Expressive Arts award. Rulan is also recipient of the Costco 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 which supported DANCING EARTH’s creative development of a major community-driven eco-production centered on protection of water. 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, Brazil and Argentina.  DancingEarth.org