Rulan Tangen Welcome
Ordway and Rosy Simas Danse welcomed Rulan Tangen (Metis), Founding Artistic Director of Dancing Earth, to the Twin Cities on May 2 at All Nations Indian Church in Minneapolis with an opening by Janice Bad Moccasin (Dakota) followed by a light organic breakfast buffet.

Rulan Tangen is the Founding Director/Choreographer of DANCING EARTH, an internationally recognized company of intertribal contemporary dancers located in Santa Fe, NM.

Rulan was in residence in the Twin Cities May 2-6, 2016 – as a part of Oyate Okodakiciyapi: An Evening of Native Contemporary Dance at the Ordway on March 4, 2017 (pronounced oh-YAH-tay oh-KOH-dah-KEE-chee-yah-pee).

Rulan taught a master classes at the Cowles Center and the University of Minnesota, and lead a seed ball making workshop for students at Mashkiikii Gitigan 24th St. Urban Farm.

She was one of three innovative Native choreographers showcased, including: Christopher Morgan, a native Hawaiian and Dance Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland, and Santee Smith, a member of the Mohawk Nation and Artistic Director of Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre, based in Toronto, Canada. Co-curated with Minneapolis based contemporary dance choreographer Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Danse) and Dayna Martinez Artistic Dir of World Music, Dance and the Int’l Children’s Festival (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts).

DANCING EARTH was noted in Dance Magazine as “One of the Top 25 To Watch”, awarded a National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant, and a National Museum of American Indian Expressive Arts award. Tangen has been honored with Arts for Social Change Award of the Arts and Healing network, top ten finalist of Nathan Cummings Foundation for Social Change, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation first Dance Fellow for Artistic Innovation, and recipient of the Costo Medal for Education, Research and Service by UC Riverside’s Chair of Native Affairs.

Photos by Tommy Sar
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