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Dancing Earth Auditions (Phoenix)

September 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST

Dancing Earth Auditions


Dance Theater West, 3925 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix AZ 85018

Contact: Desiree Ong, ude.usanull@gno.eerised, 480-965-3940

DANCING EARTH, in partnership with ASU Gammage, welcomes Arizona dancers to a choreography intensive with award winning choreographer Rulan Tangen, founding artistic director of Dancing Earth.

This extended workshop includes a short warm-up, improvisation, and experience of the imagery, rigor, and cultural engagement of Dancing Earth’s practice through choreographic phrases.

Ms. Tangen is an award winning choreographer known as a social change artist with work that is culturally rooted with  thematic narratives and ethic that prioritizes place and people with community sourcing, intercultural exchange and creative collaboration with artists, ‘land dance’ process, re story-big of the body, and a wide scope of interdisciplinary approach to dance theater.

Participants would be considered for potential of paid professional inclusion in Dancing Earth’s 3 week residencies and touring in October, December and January in California, New Mexico, Arizona and future projects 2020 – 2021. For dancers with less availability, there will also be an opportunity to be invited to future workshops and participate a short dance for the January show in Tempe.


Session will include choreography and improvisational elements of Between Underground and Skyworld, a new work that explores Indigenous futurism, renewable energy in the form of ancestral knowledge, and characters of apocalypse survivors who become Indigenous eco warrior super heroes.

Dancing Earth – founded in 2004 – is celebrated by Native communities for as cultural ambassadorship, and is distinctive in world dance for creating inclusive intercultural exchange opportunities, dignified living wage for culturally rooted artists, and continually exploring and deepening a cultural approach to theater that is deemed by participants as decolonizing and healing. Past productions have been ecologically themed , and Dancing Earth is one of only two companies to have been selected for both National Dance Project and National Theater Project support. Ms Tangen’s teaching and choreography for stage, non-proscenium sites, film, opera and circus, has been invited to 18 states and 8 countries and awarded with many honors including Dance Magazine one of “25 To Watch”; Native Arts and Cultures Foundations Fellowship for Artistic Innovation; Costco medal for Education, Service and Community; and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist award for Service, Justice, Freedom, Courage and Gratitude.


All participants are welcome and candidates for extended touring would ideally have:


– training that includes practices of up to 8 hrs per day (in any discipline: powwow, break dance, ballet, modern etc )

– Cultural familiarity with their ancestral lineage of lifeways and place, and/or ability to research

– experience or interest in interdisciplinary creative expressions such as song, story, spoken word poetry, Indigenous languages

– dramatic capacity for expressive movement at a scale suitable for theater or large scale sites such as canyons as well as more intimate scale for film and photography

– experience with learning choreography, with partnering forms ( supported lifts, rolls etc ) and with improvisation

– experience teaching, including with youth, elders and non-performers

– ability to engage with people for press and community events

Please bring a resume and headshot, if possible.

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September 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST
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ASU Gammage


Dance Theater West
3925 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, 85018 United States
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