Indigenous Choreographers in Residence

Performances at UC Riverside continue through April 22.

Dancer rehearses routine

Rulan Tangen leads a choreography workshop at the Culver Center.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A two-week research project bringing three indigenous choreographers to the UC Riverside campus and the UCR Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside continues through April 22.

The project, “Indigenous Choreographers Residency,” features Tanya Lukin Linklater, an Alutiiq dancer, choreographer, and performance artist from Kodiak Island Alaska; Rulan Tangen of DANCING EARTH Contemporary Dance Creations, based in Santa Fe; and Jack Gray, a Maori (Ngati Porou, Ngati Kuhungunu, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa) choreographer from Aotearoa/New Zealand, and founder of Atamira, Dance Company, New Zealand’s leading Maori contemporary dance company.

The choreographers are using Culver Center dance studios to develop and share their current choreographic work with one another. They also will foster discussion with UCR faculty and students and with Native American high school students about  indigenous choreography as an art form and professional career path. The residency includes movement workshops, roundtable discussions, work on a collaborative dancewriting project, and a public performance in the Atrium Gallery.

The event is organized by Jacqueline Shea Murphy, UCR associate professor of dance. She 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.

Public activities continue at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with a short dance presentation in Arts 100 on the UCR campus, followed by a roundtable discussion about the ways indigenous history and knowledge are archived and accessed through indigenous dance. The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $5.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Gray and Tangen will present new choreographic work alongside an installation of dance video and photography by Lukin Linklater in the Culver Center of the Arts Atrium, 3834 Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

“Indigenous Choreographers Residency” is supported by the Culver Arts Research Laboratory (CARL) Residency program,  UC Riverside Chancellor’s Strategic Investment Fund Initiative Grant, California Center for Native Nations, Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, Department of Dance, and Native American Student Programs.

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