TDPS Speaker Series: Rulan Tangen, Choreographer and Dance Artist: Indigenous Dance Making : Process and Performance : Growing Collaboration Between Earth and Her Peoples
Special Event | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Conference Room 44B
Rulan Tangen, Founding Artistic Director of Dancing Earth, a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, and one of Dance Magazines 25 to Watch Artists 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. She thanks Huichin Ohlone - original caretakers of the land on which UC Berkeley is built - for welcoming her 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 nurtured a new generation of Indigenous contemporary dancers and holds the belief that "to dance is to live, to live is to dance."
A reception will follow this free event.
Light refreshments to follow the presentation.