Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ananya Chatterjea, artistic director of Minnesota’s Ananya Dance Theatre, presented a solo performance as part of a festival of indigenous performing arts in Albuquerque, March 9-10.

l-r: Sina Soul, Rulan Tangen, Ananya Chatterjea

The festival, titled “Night of Stars*Moon*Water,” was produced by Dancing Earth, an ensemble led by Rulan Tangen that performs contemporary indigenous dance works. The festival was presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center at the Albuquerque Journal Theatre.

In addition to Chatterjea, festival performers included members of Dancing Earth, songstress Sina Soul, Orixa dances, guests from the Santa Fe Indian School Poetry Team, and Miss Blackfoot Nation of Canada 2008 (aka Andrea True Joy Fox).

Tangen, one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2007, leads the Dancing Earth ensemble in Albuquerque, while her colleague, Jesus “Jacoh” Cortes directs Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza, an affiliated youth training program in San Francisco.

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