"To dance is to live, to live is to dance": Rulan Tangen on her indigenous artistic worldview

Mar 29, 2017

 

Dancer and choreographer Rulan Tangen believes that “to dance is to live, to live is to dance.” You can see this idea manifested in her dance company, Dancing Earth, which she founded in 2004 after surviving cancer.

 

 

She calls the work “indigenous contemporary dance,” inspired by the intertribal and interdisciplinary nature of the company. Her pieces explore themes like nature, transformation, and decolonization, all through an indigenous, matriarchal worldview.

 

 

RULAN: So I couldn’t walk, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to dance. So I had to translate what was coming through me, these visions that were coming through me, onto other bodies.

Dancing Earth is performing as part of Dance Mission’s D.I.R.T. Festival in San Francisco this weekend.