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Indigenous Choreographers recent work: screening & discussion

Thursday, April 12, 2012
79 p.m.


UCR Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts: 3834 Main Street Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 827-3755



Indigenous Choreographers Residency 2012
Jack Gray • Rulan Tangen • Tanya Lukin Linklater

Recent dance work 
by Indigenous choreographers from North America
 and Aotearoa (New Zealand). Following the screenings, choreographers Rulan Tangen and Jack Gray (in person) and Tanya Lukin Linklater (via Skype) will discuss their work
 and the field of contemporary Indigenous choreography
in a Q&A moderated by UC Riverside dance professor Jacqueline Shea Murphy. The screening includes: Site Sight, In Memoriam, Gwi Cuumillatstun, Glimpses of Dancing Earth, and Whare Tapere.

Shea Murphy, who teaches courses in dance history and theory in the UCR Department of Dance, is the author of “The People Have Never Stopped Dancing”: Native American Modern Dance Histories (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), winner of the 2008 de la Torre Bueno Prize® for Best Book in the Field of Dance Studies

Jack Gray is an independent freelance dance artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently a choreographer and dancer with Atamira Dance Company: Maori Contemporary Dance Theatre which he founded in 2000 and director of Jack Gray Dance  www.jackgraydance.co.nz/

Rulan Tangen is internationally accomplished dance artist and choreographer, and Founding Artistic Director and choreographer of DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations www.dancingearth.org

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a contemporary artist whose work includes experimental choreography, performance art, installation, text, and video. Her work often engages with memory, history, the contemporary indigenous woman’s body, images of the Eskimo, and notions of cultural revitalization.


Site Sight (2011) by Tanya Lukin Linklater 

Tangen and Gray are the second set of “Indigenous Scholars in Residence” hosted by the California Center for Native Nations in 2012

Residency made possible with the generous support of the UC Riverside Chancellor’s Strategic Investment Fund Initiative Grant, California Center for Native Nations, Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, Culver Arts Research Lab (CARL) residency program, Department of Dance, and Native American Student Programs.

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