Robert Mirabal and Dancing Earth to Perform at Macey Center, Socorro NM

What: Concert & Dance Performance with Robert Mirabal and Dancing
Earth (dance troupe)
When: Friday, April 23, 7:30pm
Where: Macey Center, One Olive Lane, Socorro, NM
Price: $16/Adult; $14/Senior; $12/Youth, all general admission seating
Tickets Available at: Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme,
Cashier at Fidel Center Student Union Bldg; at the door; OR, call


Taos Pueblo Grammy Winner, Robert Mirabal, with Acclaimed Indigenous Dance Troupe, Dancing Earth Performs in Socorro on Earth Day Weekend

SOCORRO – Get close to the Earth for Earth Day. On April 23, Robert Mirabal, acclaimed musician from Taos Pueblo, and the native dance troupe Dancing Earth, perform at Macey Center as part of New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series. The show is at 7:30pm.

Local sponsors for the performance are New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, EMRTC, Fitch and Tausch Attorneys at Law, and Super 8 Motel of Socorro. This program is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America program.

Before the concert, Tech Club – Club Macey (TCCM) holds a social in Macey Center’s Galena Room, from 5 to 7 p.m., with Navajo Taco appetizers. TCCM is a social club for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of TCCM.

Robert Mirabal is a two-time Grammy-Award winner who weaves ancient and contemporary music in a thoroughly original way. Described as a Native American “Renaissance man,” he is a master flute maker composer, painter, craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer. Robert travels extensively and plays his music all over the world.

Music from Robert’s latest album, “In the Blood,” will be featured: songs that blend scenes from the American experience-past, present and future-with themes from contemporary Native life, some sung in English and others in Mirabal’s native tongue, Tiwa. Love songs merge with ghost songs that further roll into Americana ballads and full-on tribal rockers. Woven together with Robert’s music will be original choreography by Dancing Earth.

Living at the foot of sacred Taos Mountain, Robert Mirabal still participates in the ceremonial life of the Taos Pueblo people. Speaking both English and Tiwa, his first language, he shares the importance of staying connected to the earth and preserving indigenous ways.

Robert’s first mainstream success came in the John Tesh production, One World. His 2001 Public Television Special, Music from a Painted Cave, remains a benchmark for Native American theatrical expression.

“My music is informed by the ceremonial music that I’ve heard all my life,” he says. “What I create comes out of my body and soul in a desire to take care of the spirits of the earth.”

Mirabal was twice named the Native American Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, and received the Songwriter of the Year award three times. He was featured in Grammy Award winning album, Sacred Ground-a Tribute to Mother Earth in 2006 for Best Native American Music Album and won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Native American Album of the Year
Johnny Whitehorse Totemic Flute Chants.

Dancing Earth is an inspirational array of Indigenous contemporary dance artists who work as a collaborative ensemble under the leadership of Rulan Tangen. Rulan may be remembered by some in Socorro County when she worked with the National Dance Institute residencies in Alamo-Navajo and Magdalena Schools, and danced in the Painted Cave tour with Robert Mirabal, at Macey Center several years ago.

The company strives to embody the unique essence of indigenous identity and perspective by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals. Springing from the heart and spirit of originator Rulan Tangen, Dancing Earth creates bridges for art and humanity, tradition and experimentation.

With passionate and committed artistic exploration, Dancing Earth revitalizes issues of environmental, social, cultural, spiritual, historical, educational, and philosophical relevance. Through art, they promote awareness and communication as cultural exchange with both Indigenous communities and global audiences.

Rulan Tangen was recently noted in DANCE MAGAZINE as one of the “Top 25 to Watch” for 2007. Her lifetime passion for dance includes international experience in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and South America as a choreographer, performer, and teacher. Her credits include ballet and modern dance companies in New York (Michael Mao Dance and Peridance), Vancouver (Karen Jamieson Dance), Santa Fe (Moving People, Dancing One Soul) and California (Marin Ballet), and appearances with the One Railroad Circus, as well as extensive yoga training, and powwow trail experiences as a Northern Plains traditional women’s dancer.

The grant from the National Endowment is to support the Socorro presentation of Dancing Earth with Robert Mirabal and his band, the artistic collaboration between the two companies, outreach activities for the Socorro and Alamo-Navajo Schools, and a performance at the Alamo-Navajo Wellness Center. Dancing Earth dancers will be
developing and rehearsing original choreography, in collaboration with Robert Mirabal and his band, produced here in Socorro at Macey Center, for this performance only.

Tickets for the Socorro performance are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, and $12 for youth17 and under. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at NM Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Western Wear, Sofia’s Kitchen, and Video Shack.

Admission is free to full-time New Mexico Tech students – those taking at least 6 hours and showing a valid ID. Students should pick up their tickets in advance at the Tech Bookstore.


Ronna Kalish, Director
NM Tech Performing Arts Series
Macey Center
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(575) 835-5688
(575) 835-5597 (Fax)


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