Full Circle is co-presenting V’ni Dansi’s La Mitchin di Mitchif.
Led by Artistic Director Yvonne Chartrand, V’ni Dansi (‘Come and Dance’ in Mitchif) is dedicated to sharing the stories and culture of the Mitchif (Métis), through both traditional and contemporary dance. La Mitchin di Mitchif is a new Indigenous contemporary dance work created through an international collaboration with Santa Fe’s Dancing Earth. Co-choreographed by Chartrand and Dancing Earth Artistic Director Rulan Tangen, the work is inspired by cultural ancestral knowledge of Mitchif plant medicines.
Madelaine is a dancer from Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan. Though her main focus is Métis dance (she’s been jigging since she could walk!), she enjoys all forms including powwow, contemporary and hip hop. Madelaine has performed for many stages with dance, acting and motivational speaking. Her newest journey is as an MC for events such as the Duncan Film Festival and the biggest youth conference in Canada “Gathering our Voices”. Madelaine lives every day to inspire those around her and she looks forward to sharing her light with you!
Lupita is a farmer and performing artist from the mountains of northern New Mexico. She has returned to her family’s farm, and is working as an Agricultural Programs Director with the Northern Youth Project, as well as teaching theater with Moving Arts Española, and as a performer with Dancing Earth. At present, she is working to find balance between working the land and telling the stories that need to be heard.
Esmé Olivia grew up in traditional Tiwa Pueblo lands known as Albuquerque, NM to a Mestiza Mexican-American mother and Dutch-Jewish father. Her blood is a peace treaty she honors through prayers of dance, poetry and song. Esmé has been part of the constellation called Dancing Earth Creations for the past five years, participating as a movement, theatre, music and teaching artist. She received her BA from Hampshire College in multi-disciplinary performance and arts-based education. She currently teaches composition and contemporary dance at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Rulan Tangen’s dance journey centers around the founding of DANCING EARTH CREATIONS (DE) in 2004. After years of teaching dance workshops to youth across the continent including Native reservations, she strove to create hope and opportunity for aspiring performers, theater artists and technicians, who also become culture carriers, art educators, and leaders.
Her professional experience spans international ballet, modern dance, opera, circus, film and television production including includes NYC’s Michael Mao Dance, and Peridance Ensemble; Canada’s Karen Jamieson Dance and Banff Aboriginal Arts under direction of Marrie Mumford; Littleglobe’s Memorylines Opera; and Wise Fool New Mexico’s One Solstice Circus; Marin Ballet, Catskill Ballet Theater, Redwood Empire Ballet and New York Grand Opera, Bones Aboriginal Dance Opera, TRIBE with Director Raoul Trujillo and Choreographer Alejandro Ronceria , and Northern Plains traditional powwow dancing through her adopted Lakota family.