In Our Own Bodies
Dancing Earth: Contemporary Indigenous Creations

Rulan Tangen in canyon of Abaachi territory by Uqualla for Dancing Earth

Join us on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30pm for the first event in a multi-day festival celebrating activism in performance art. Organized by Cinthia Duran Larrea ’19, In Our Own Bodies kicks off with a performance and lecture from Rulan Tangen, the founder of Dancing Earth, and Dakota Camacho. A reception will follow.

About Dancing Earth

A unique force in world dance, Dancing Earth: Contemporary Indigenous Creations gathers Native collaborators who embody intertribal ecological philosophies to re-envision contemporary dance and assert its role in society as purposeful ritual. As indigenous dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers, and poets, Dancing Earth honors dance’s essential function in personal, social, and environmental transformation. They dance the rich diversity of Native contemporary heritage with the intent to promote ecological awareness, cultural diversity, healing and understanding between peoples. Their aesthetic embodies earth’s inherent spirit, and is created by, with, and for the land and the peoples of the land.

About In Our Own Bodies

How do identity and ancestry inform our creative work? How can performance art be used as a medium for cultural revitalization, community empowerment and social justice advocacy? What are the untapped resources we hold within ourselves? Using the lens of dance, these are some of the questions this festival will invite us to explore.

In Our Own Bodies will include workshops and performances by Dancing Earth, Urban Bush Women and Skidmore Alumna Salomé Egas ’14. These guest artists will share their impactful performance work with the Skidmore Community, and will facilitate conversations and movement-based activities designed to bring forth the memory, knowledge and creative potential that is already present in our own bodies.

This is an Intergroup Relations (IGR) Independent study led by Cinthia Duran Larrea ’19 in collaboration with Julia Gillis ’19, Stuti Bagri ’21, Sarah Maacha ’19 and Dejon Bunn ’19, with support from the Tang Teaching Museum and The Office of Student Diversity Programs (OSDP).

In Our Own Bodies Events

Dakota Camacho performing in Shapeshift by Frances Rings as part of KOTAHI at the Tempo Dance Festival 2018, Aotearoa | Photo Credit: Atamira Dance Company (Aotearoa/NZ)
Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.