|News from the San Francisco Bay Area
Jacoh Cortes starts up a new semester of Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza at the Brava Theater. Jacoh's Veracruz roots were highlighted by the Cuicacalli Compania hosted guest artist Jairo Garcia of Jalisco for the San Francisco Son Jarocho 2015 concert at Brava in late August. CHECK OUT THEIR VIDEO!
Meanwhile, DANCING EARTH's Bay Area core team are making exciting plans for the October Festival! (Read more below under Upcoming Events!) This incredible event will include awesome collaborations and support from diverse circle of individuals and community organizations. There will be local CA First Nations Representatives, Bay Localize, Cultural Conservancy, Forrealism Art Collective, Rooted in Community, and many more!
IN THE SOUTHWEST
Fall begins with Rulan co-teaching a new course in September, along with Department chair Daniel Banks, and Musician Ehren Natay in Santa Fe, New Mexico."DEVISED PERFORMANCE," is a groundbreaking Indigenous Innovations course for the new Performing Arts department at IAIA!
From Natalie Benally "This Fall, I will be helping Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Education boarding school located near Gallup, New Mexico, expand their newly formed Performing Arts program by collaborating with Dancing Earth and others to bring the power of theatre, dance, and music to this remote area. Wingate High School is a primarily Native American populated school, who is striving to provide more artistic avenues for their youth to explore. With the help of Dancing Earth artists, we will be providing dance workshops to students and hope to build a foundation to mentor these young students both artistically and individually."
An exciting October of Bay Area events to celebrate, advocate, and expand offerings on Indigenous Peoples Day on October 12!
October 7-9: Rulan leads guest classes at UC Berkeley's Dance department
October 10: Rulan brings students to UC Berkeley's Powwow. She is thrilled to join 80th Birthday celebration of Poet and Activist, Rafael Gonzalez. During this time, SEEDS AND SOUL Festival leaders will join Cultural Conservancy at Indian Valley Farm.
October 11: Dancing Earth joins Big Time with California First Nations.
October 12: Dancing Earth joins Sunrise ceremony at Alcatraz and Indigenous peoples events at UC Berkeley.
October 16-18: Dancing Earth at Indigenous Knowledge Forum of BIONEERS, and in performance along with AudioPharmacy at the outdoor stage.
October 26-30: Rulan co-facilitaties Indigenous Dance Week with Professor Eric Kupers, at California State East Bay College. This will include workshops and potlucks Monday - Thursday, 6:00 - 9:30p.m.
The week will culminate with an informal performance at 3:00 p.m. on Friday featuring
arts and cultural representatives of Ohlone, Aztec, Powwow and Dancing Earth!
Dancing Earth is teaming up with Audiopharmacy Prescriptions to produce an all-day community festival, culminating in a performance of our SEED work.
Location: Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt!
SEEDS & SOUL is a one-day festival harnessing the power of the ARTS and INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXCHANGES to BRIDGE Bay Area Indigenous communities & allies.
SAVE THE DATE
You're invited to Dancing Earth's Seeds & Soul
Community Workshops throughout the bay.
Stay tuned for more details, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP!
SAVE THE DATE
Learning! Healthy Food! & Native Crafts!
Led by Indigenous Wombyn, Two-Spirits,
and male allies, SEEDS & SOUL will:
- Celebrate the diversity of indigenous identities
- Provide a platform for critical dialogue
- Build unity and alliance among communities
- Strengthen community resilience in
these times of rapid social and
Special thanks to the incredible heartfelt
leadership of Javier Stell-Fresquez,
Joana "Love" Cruz, and
their amazing circle!!!
KDT Summer Intensive
|LAST MONTH'S RECAP
August was excitingly busy!
July 30 - August 10: Dancing Earth on tourto Toronto with "RE-GENERATION: Roots and Seeds," which was designed for the gardens and galleries of McMichaels Gallery and later re-staged at the Flechs Theater for Planet IndigenUs.
August 1-2: Natalie Benally and Justin Giehm offer workshops and performances for "Survival of the First Voices Festival" at Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirkland New Mexico.
"Our efforts aim to inspire the youth and encourage them to achieve a higher education. Many Native Americans are not close to the resources necessary to succeed and bringing the resources to them overcomes that barrier.
What makes our festival different is the social justice and activism perspective that former American Indian Movement members will bring and share with the public.
The entire festival consists of speakers, workshops on how to use media, round-table discussions, trade shows, art fairs, performances (musical and dance), screenings, a fashion show, comedy shows, poetry slams, book signings, traditional storytelling, and a reception with an overall theme of social justice, reclaiming our history, preserving our culture, and increasing our Native presence in mainstream culture."
Natalie says: "I was privileged to be the Performing Arts coordinator for the 2014 SFVF where I helped instruct acting classes and a hip-hop dance class with my fellow Dancing Earth member Justin Giehm. Together we taught a class to young Native children and also provided a short dance showcase where we shared our love of dance in our unique styles.
What I took away from the festival, as did many others, was a whole vastness of talent and inspiration amongst Native Peoples. It was amazing to see so many different areas representing and struck young people in a fun and exciting way."
August 9-25: Dancing Earth's Fifth Summer Institute gathered a small focused group of Alumna for intensive incubation. Welcomed by elders of Tewa Women's United at Tsankawi, Norma Araiza (Yoeme of Mexico/Canada) led the land dance and Indigenous contemporary dance trainings alongside Lupita Saalzar, who facilitated making huaraches and planting knowledge from her home farm in Canones (Special Thanks to her Mom and Dad!)
Master Classes in Capoeira, Urban Indigenous, Powwow, and Stilting were led by Deollo Johnson, Trey Pickett, Shane Montoya, Lumhe Micco Sampson, and Robbie Pino at host sites Ghost Ranch and the Academy for the Love of Learning. (Thank you Stephen, Bryce, Marissa, and Thomas for all your support!)
We also made a stop to offer a dance workshop to Okay Owingeh Elementary School - Thank you Mrs Salazar for this invitation!!
August 10: Rulan joined extraordinary regional Southwest leaders at the Academy for the Love of Learning new initiative of Living Stories - a collective inquiry to identify what would make a successful statewide training in creative facilitation and social change practices. This design process is of great importance to develop a vehicle for ongoing learning around arts and community engagement practices.
August 11-22: Dancing Earth's Jacoh Cortes leading the Cuicacalli Compania at San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival at Brava Theater, San Francisco.
August 12: Rulan and Anne Pesata join Elders of the Grand Canyon Trust for summer convening at Southern Ute Cultural center, offering workshop for youth as well as lectures and a performance of Anne’s BASKETWEAVER solo.
August 13: Rulan joins Durango community members in a ceremony for the Animas river, including performative actions to express mourning and renewal.
August 22-24: Dancing Earth visiting artists are featured at Fashion shows at Indigenous Fine Arts Market in Railyard Park, JG Indie, and B.Yellowtail for SWAIA at Cathedral Park.
August 26-27: Rulan and Roxanne Swentzel of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute fly to Chicago as cohorts of Catalyst Initiative, which will support them to work together over the next 6 months to co-design restorative movement practices rooted in permacultural knowledge.
|* Thank you to support for our Summer Institute from Elder Kathy Sanchez and beloved grandmothers and aunties of TEWA WOMENS UNITED.
* Mr. and Mrs. Salazar and their farm in Canones.
* Okay Owingeh elementary school students, teachers, principal and staff.
* Teresa and Cindy at Leger Law and Strategy.
* BobWhite and DavidHaiman for generosity in consultation.
* Thank you Michael and Rebecca and the amazing circle of the Center for to the Catalyst Initiative of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.
For support of our Canada Tour
* Janis Monture, Falen Johnson and the amazing staff and artists of Planet IndigenUs.
* Jerry Longboat multi artist extraordinaire.
* Culture carrier Shelley Charles, who facilitated cultural welcome in Ontario for Dancing Earth and audience participants at McMichaels Gallery.
* Cherished mentor and lighting designer Alejandro Ronceria.
* Ongoing support of Marrie Mumford and the Little Nest family.
* Beth Lacombe-Wolpert, Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton for kind support of the tour.
* Coman Poon, Heryka Miranda, Rebecca and Susan Beayn, Norma Araiza, for participating in the art-making of lanterns and wildflower seed balls.
* Filmmaker Cara Mumford.
* the extraordinary musical talents of Chris Derksen, and of Sak Tzevul, each for their generous gifts of CDs.
* Evelyn Lefebre, prof Catherine Harris and UNM’s College of Fine Arts - Art and ECOLOGY class for their donation of yarrow seed papers made of recycled homework, as incorporated into installations and activities at McMichaels Gallery and Planet IndigenUs.
* The lovely Santee Smith and KDT Summer Intensive for inviting us to lead a guest class.
* The joy and honor of sharing the stage with friends and colleagues Penny, Sid, Tamara, Aria, Nimkii, Sarain, Santee, Monique, Chris, and many more at this incredible festival of Indigenous luminaries!
* Kalina Janik, Arun Srinivasan and the amazing tech crew at Flechs Theatre.
* NISH DISH caterer Johl Ringuette - so grateful for the delicious aboriginal food!
*The remarkable Anna, Rachel, Natalie, all staff and security guards, and the amazing artists represented at McMichaels Gallery.