An evening of contemporary American performance (2005)

An evening of contemporary American performance (2005) Julio Pantoja

This video documents an evening of music and dance by contemporary Native American and African American performers, presented at the Francisco Nunes theater in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as a part of the 5th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, titled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices. This performance brings together four contemporary American performances drawing from the artists' cultural roots: Quetzal Guerrero (Native American violinist and dancer), Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki/ Dine World Champion Fancy Dancer), David Pleasant (African-American Gullah/Geeche percussion and song, performing with dancer Joyah Pugh), and Dancing Earth (Indigenous Modern Dance collective directed by Rulan Tangen, with the participation of Quetzal Guerrero, Anthony Thosh Collins and Alejandro Meraz). Quetzal Guerrero and Thosh Collins open the evening with a traditional chant from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa indian community, followed by Quetzal's original solo violin piece. Larry Yazzie then performs his dazzling powwow Fancy Dance from Tama, Iowa, followed by the energetic and powerful percussion of African American David Pleasant, who draws on rhythms dating back to slavery in the United States. Dancing Earth performs a dance piece about the creation of the earth, and the evening ends with all performers bringing together their traditions--and the audience--on stage. There is also a post-performance discussion with the artists, in which they talk about the origins and meanings of their performances.

Dancing Earth performance begins at the 00:30:20 mark.


Dancing Earth performance begins at the 00:30:20 mark. Permanent URL:

Additional Info

  • Title: An evening of contemporary American performance
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:51:00
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Date: 13 March 2005
  • Location: Performed at Teatro Francisco Nunes on Mar. 13, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Type-Format: performance, dance
  • Cast: Rulan Tangen, Alejandro Meraz, Anthony Thosh Collins, Quetzal Guerrero, Larry Yazzie, David Pleasant, Joyah Pugh; Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, translator.
  • Credits: Hemispheric Institute, producer ; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, producer ; Quetzal Guerrero, creator ; Larry Yazzie, creator ; David Pleasant, creator ; Dancing Earth, creator.