Dancing Earth’s Between Underground & Skyworld brings to the stage a compelling story of dynamic young people struggling through the Apocalyptic present, with resilience and humor, as they survive the end of one world and dream in a future-world of balance, harmony, connection and renewal. Storytelling takes infinite forms with this family friendly narrative with energetic expressive forms becoming poetic and dreamlike, as told through dance, dialogue, song, striking media projections of the Southwest, and unforgettable eco-innovative set design, costumes, handheld lanterns and shadow puppets – all created by intercultural collaborators.
Together, the company and community will explore renewable energy from spiritual, cultural and practical perspectives. Cosmological themes evoking the power of the Sun, Moon, constellations, and other energy sources are woven with these media to engage with current urgencies around renewable energy and resource depletion. These themes will come from the contributions of the core global and mixed heritage Indigenous artists as well as the Native and non Native community members at each residency location. With a renowned background in relation-building for communities in 18 states and 8 countries, Dancing Earth is excited to return to share this new project!
BTW US is being shared as a work in progress, which represents the performance experience of our multi-year, multi-dimensional, project. We explore the remembering of ancestral cultural perspectives as re-creation stories for a vital collective future. This vision will include community engaged processes to cultivate and imagine a sustainable and regenerative future. Onstage and offstage, we are conjuring a journey in which all possibilities exist, in an exhilarating illumination of the practical, spiritual, and cultural aspects of renewable energy. We thank our community for joining us in this preview showing the first emergence of the performance activation of this vision!
About Dancing Earth
Dancing Earth Creations (DEC) is contemporary dance theater ensemble embodying the intention to renew and revitalize culture, community, and cosmologies through performing arts. Founded by Artistic Director Rulan Tangen, to serve a need rarely met in the USA, DEC gives hope and opportunity to Native, mixed, global Indigenous and BIPOC talent who have been largely outside the dialogue of mainstream performance because of lack of access. DEC is an organic constellation of largely self-taught dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers, and spoken word artists. Together, DEC artists work with community members, culture carriers, and Native elders to explore the rich diversity of ancestral heritage, contemporary identity, and intra-cultural relationship building, by collaborating on innovative ecologically themed performances. DEC’s work promotes environmental awareness, cultural diversity, and understanding between peoples through contemporary arts expressions.
“We gather as individual artists to create experimental yet elemental dances that reflect our rich cultural heritage as contemporary global peoples. We strive to embody the unique essences of cultural perspectives by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals. Ancient and futuristic, our dances are an elemental language of bone and blood memory in motion.”
– Founding Artistic Director, Rulan Tangen
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