Premier indigenous intertribal contemporary dance ensemble Dancing Earth to visit IU South Bend

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Dancing Earth, the nation’s premier indigenous contemporary dance ensemble, will perform at IU South Bend at 8 pm on Tuesday, October 5, as part of the Raclin School of the Arts 20th anniversary celebration.  Director/Choreographer Rulan Tangen has 25 years of international experience in powwow, ballet, modern dance, circus arts, film, theater and education.  She has cultivated an entirely Indigenous creative team of dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers, visual artists and stage crew.  They have been recognized as “One of the Top 25 To Watch” by Dance Magazine, for their distinctive performance rituals which bring a powerful physicality rooted in inter-tribal cultural philosophies and aesthetics.  This year Dancing Earth received an award for Expressive Arts from the National Museum of the American Indian.  This ensemble has made history by being the first Indigenous contemporary dance ensemble to be awarded the prestigious National Dance Project grant to support the development “Of Bodies of Elements” - a full length new work designated for national touring.  

Dancing Earth has gathered in its history over 30 performance artists representing the First Nations of Blackfoot, Hawaiian, Tarasco, Pueblo, Pima/Maricopa, Seneca/Cayuga Seminole/Pawnee, Yaqui, Apache, Juaneno, Coushatta, Chamorro, Metis, Cherokee, Choctaw, Shoshone, Aotearoa, Dene, Papanga, Shoshone, Tarahuamara, Lummi, Jenizaro, Naragansett, Pima, and Taino.

Tickets are available from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office for $3-$9.  For more information visit or call 574.520.4203.