Rulan Tangen: Entangling Memory, Relationality, and Repetition to Heat up Contemporary Indigenous Dance

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

Chapter 7 considers the multi-modal work of choreographer Rulan Tangen to Indigenize contemporary dance. It refers to her work with memory, cultural narratives, and structured improvisation to call in an inter-tribal community of dancers to participate in her contemporary choreography powered by dream-visions, history, Indigenous ways of being and knowing, and a politics of relationality. This chapter proposes that the steady, patient building of heat in Tangen’s work also decolonizes the broader field of contemporary dance as she centralizes strategies of re-storying, Land Dances, pluriversal technique, platiality, practices of repetition, and imaginations of whole futures in dance. Ultimately, the argument positions Tangen as a central figure in the processes of reimagining contemporary dance through the lens of global Indigeneities, connecting to the heated core of the earth through her dance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew World Choreographies
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages211-233
Number of pages23
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameNew World Choreographies
ISSN (Print)2730-9266
ISSN (Electronic)2730-9274

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, The Author(s).

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Rulan Tangen: Entangling Memory, Relationality, and Repetition to Heat up Contemporary Indigenous Dance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this