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Published: 01/27/2012
Rulan Tangen Founding Director & Choreographer, Dancing Earth 617/448-6299

Dancing Earth's "Night of Stars, Moon, Water" Comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center

ALBUQUERQUE – Dancing Earth, the nation’s award-winning Indigenous contemporary dance ensemble, is proud to announce “Night of Stars*Moon*Water*,” its first festival of international Indigenous contemporary performing arts, in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This unique event, moving from powwow to poetry and percussion in a vital and riveting expression of diversity, will take place on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 8 PM in the NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre, Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts.

“Night of Stars*Moon*Water*” features 12 of Native America’s finest performing artists, including Dancing Earth’s own soloists, guest artists from the Santa Fe Indian School Poetry Team, Miss Blackfoot Nation of Canada 2008, and unforgettable songstress Sina Soul. Each will take to the stage in a stunning solo that highlights their special talents like stars shining in the night. Showcasing the individual humanity at the core of devotion to the emerging field of Indigenous contemporary arts, these courageous, innovative performers embody the essence of what it means to bring culture to life.

The festival is designed to preview and support the creation of Dancing Earth’s new work, an eco-production dedicated to awareness of Native perspectives on water. In honor of this upcoming theme, festival performances will culminate in a multidisciplinary improvisation about water, with vocals, rhythms, movement, and poetry combining in a ritual of intention.

Dancing Earth, the foremost contemporary Indigenous dance company in the United States, is an intertribal ensemble including dancers from 14 North American Nations as well as Indigenous artists from Central and South America. The company has been awarded the National Museum of the American Indian’s Expressive Arts Award as well as a National Dance Project production and touring award; director Rulan Tangen was recently honored as the first Dance Fellow for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

Tickets for “Night of Stars*Moon*Water*” are $15, $20, and $25, and can be purchased in person at the NHCC box office, at 505-724-4771, or through the Center’s website at The NHCC is located at 1701 4th Street SW on the corner of 4th Street and Avenida César Chávez.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national, and international levels.
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