“Walking at the edge of water” premiered on Friday night Sept. 28, 2012 in the historic ‘Lensic’ performing arts center at Santa Fe, N.M. The indigenous contemporary dance ensemble called, ‘Dancing Earth’ performed to a packed audience that filled the 800 seat theater. The amazing choreography by Rulan Tangen, Jack Gray & other artists took the audience on a journey in the search for water through indigenous prayers.
The first act is called – “Creation: In the realm of the sacred.” An Indigenous woman walks out onto the stage with a ceramic pot & says a prayer for water. Her native brothers & sisters are suffering from thirst. They crawl on the desert floor in search for life only water can bring. When it does come it is carried by native women in their hand made pots. Life has begun & as the water falls like a river from the sky it is protected by male warriors. The clouds form and the rains replenish our mother earth. Life looks like it might be complete.
The second act is called – “From Koyaanisqatsi to transformation.” As the earth evolves so does the inhabitants & they bring contamination to the earth’s floor. Indigenous peoples are being killed off by greed for the land & the depletion of spring waters. The question is, “How would our people live without the water of life?” The answer comes by recalling what their ancestors taught them through prayer, song & the beat of the drum.
The last five minutes of this performance is quite extraordinary. Native men & women dance on the earth together in wonderful rejoice of water that comes back into their lives. The Indigenous prayers have been answered again as a native elder song fills the ‘Lensic’ theater. The audience responded with a standing ovation at the end of the performance.
The presence of Native American ‘hoop’ dancer Nakotah LaRance was undeniable. He just came off the Cirque Du Soleil’s world tour called, “Totem.” He blends in beautifully with the cast of ‘water.’ He is filled with energy & power. At one point he jumped backwards off the stage & landed perfectly on his feet. Nakotah provided a short ‘hoop’ dance routine after the show during the curtain call. The audience responded with enthusiastic applause.
“Walking at the edge of water” ran only one more night & it was on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012.