Eagle Young (far right) stars in a Dancing Earth production. Photo credit Paulo Tavares.
On Nov. 11, the Community Concert Hall will come alive with vibrant, energetic, modern renderings of ancient themes when Dancing Earth Creations takes the stage for "Of Bodies of Elements," a performance promising to take audiences on a vibrant and energetic pan-tribal cross-cultural journey.
Dancing Earth, a Santa Fe-based non-profit dance company supporting indigenous dance and related arts, received the 2010 National Museum of the American Indian Expressive Arts award, and the company was noted as “One of the Top 25 To Watch” by Dance Magazine. They will be performing at the Concert Hall as part of the Fort Lewis Centennial, celebrating the school's long-time role in Native American education.
"People should come see Dancing Earth because they will get a new look, a different look, at Native indigenous culture through a medium that everyone knows something about," says Dancing Earth troupe-member Eagle Young. "You're going to see dance, but also multimedia, music, and amazing costume designs. To bring all those aspects into a performance means you're going to get a great performance, but you're also going to learn something and feel something."
For Young, the chance to dance at the Concert Hall has special meaning. A Hopi tribal member, Young was born in Durango to parents who are both FLC alumni. After living in California for several years, he returned to his hometown and his parents' alma mater, earning a degree in Theatre in 2004.
Since then, Young has worked with the Los Angeles and South Coast Repertory, in Orange County, California, and performed professionally in New York at the renowned La Mama Theatre. As well as performing with Dancing Earth, he also now works producing television shows, and recently made his feature film debut in "Montana Amazon," starring Haley Joel Osment and Olympia Dukakis.
That means that for Young, coming back to perform at the Community Concert will be "about giving back to Fort Lewis and Durango."
"Dancing Earth is on the cutting edge of this art. I know the whole community will appreciate it," he says. "And since the professors in the Theatre Department taught me how to go out there and be a prepared professional, I'm very proud to come back and perform. I want to show them all that you can follow your dreams and be a success in this industry."
"Of Bodies of Elements" performance, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., followed by reception.
For tickets and more information, visit durangoconcerts.com
Visit Dancing Earth Creations here.
Learn more about the FLC Theatre program here.