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Photo by Olivia Camfield with Dancing Earth

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I had the honor of contributing vocals, sound design and production to this visionary dance performance, which we will be performing in the Bay Area in October 2019.

Photo of Esmé by Heidi Ivy

Esmé and Maya are soul sisters born of Mestiza heritage in traditional Tewa and Tiwa lands known as part of New Mexico. Their heart songs offer a hopeful prayer for all of the wild bodies of Earth. They weave a multicultural and uniquely soulful sound that invites listeners to connect to the magic and beauty of life.

See Dancing Earth: Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations perform Seeds: Re Generation in Albuquerque, NM on April 19th at Modas Dance Exordium, in Santa Fe, NM on April 20th at Wise Fool - for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dancing-earth-seeds-re-generation-2019-wise-fool-nm-tickets-58664091878, and in Washington D.C. on April 26th at the Kennedy Center. Our director, Rulan Tangen, is recipient of 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist award. Come see what it's about.

Photo by Chris Randle for V'ni Dansi

Dancing Earth collaborated with V'ni Dansi, a Vancouver-based dance company which specializes in traditional Métis dance & contemporary dance, to dance alive Michif Medicines, in which we embodied plant medicines and renewal of Métis culture through dance, music, traditional medicine, and attention to nature.  Before our performance at the 2019 Talking Stick Festival, a Métis elder reminded us that our dance brings more truth to the prophecy of revolutionary Métis leader, Louis Riel, who said, "My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awake, it will be the artists that give them back their spirit." 

I am honored to have been included in this project; though I am not Métis, my heritage is also mixed between European blood and blood of peoples who lived on Turtle Island before colonial contact. It was very moving to bring the Métis sash to my heart, resonating as a Mestiza woman learning to recognize the diverse strength woven together by the blood of my ancestors who have loved and lived on lands oceans apart, all now singing in the sea of me. 

Dancing Earth worked with Bernadette Antoinette Smith and a group of talented young people to create a dance theatre piece called Spirits Within to bring attention to the tan oak trees, their acorns, and the life they sustain, as well as the threats they face from Sudden Oak Death & poison. I got to help hand-dye costumes with beautiful leaves known as Indian Tea, and helped Bernadette to direct the dancers in a performance at the Gualala Arts Center in October, 2018.

Photo by Love Cruz

Photo by Norm Sands

Photo by Norm Sands

Photo by Tiśina Parker for Dancing Earth 2018

Dancing Earth presents GROUNDWORKS on Ramaytush Ohlone Land 
October 5th, 12 pm, at San Francisco City Center Rotunda
October 8th, after Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Ceremony
on Alcatraz Island (Traditional meeting ground for Ramaytush Ohlone Land, Coast Miwok & Bay Miwok peoples)

Dancing Earth will perform after the Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz, October 8th, 2018, to present Groundworks, which centers around stories, songs, and experiences shared with us by California-native culture carriers, including Ras K'dee, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Bernadette Smith, Desirae Harp, Greg Castro, and L. Frank. Dancing Earth, a company of global indigenous artists, intends to shift our role from settlers to welcome guests in Ramaytush Ohlone Land also known today as San Francisco, CA, where Dancing Earth has been doing work for over 15 years, and where the bones of Rulan’s grandparents become part of the soil. We also acknowledge the Chochenyo Ohlone land in the East Bay, where we have done some rehearsal and residency during this project.

I will be dancing in Groundworks, and I have also contributed original music, including a song I wrote in the Mutsun Ohlone language. I was also allowed to contribute music to a song in the Tongva language, with all lyrics and much of the melody brought through by L. Frank. Tongva lands are also know today as Los Angeles, CA. 

On Indigenous Peoples Day, ferries leave at 5:15 and 5:45 am.  To book ferry tickets, visit https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/programs-and-events/annual-events/indigenous-people-sunrise-ceremony/

October 5th at 12 pm at San Francisco City Hall, we will perform excerpts of Groundworks as part of the Rotunda Dance Series, free to the public.

For more information, visit http://dancersgroup.org/presents/rotunda/

I will add movement and song to this synergistic, sol-ful gathering. Gratitude

to Dancing Earth for continuing to welcome me in the beauty-making.

I am part of a performance ensemble doing innovative, mobile performances throughout this Taos Vortex Festival, created by Meow Wolf.

Photo: David Michael Karabelnikoff for Dancing Earth

Photo: Elizabeth Opalenik for Dancing Earth

500 Years of Resistance
This program features contemporary Indigenous choreographies with themes of honoring Native land treaties and water rights; the renewal of ancestral ties though memory and dreaming; the spiritual, cultural and practical exploration of notions of renewable energy; diasporic resilience and resistance in solidarity with all struggles and commonality of people of color; and resistance prayers and protests tied to local issues advised by our California First Nations consultants.

Friday, December 1, 2017 • Brava Theatre • San Fransisco, CA • 7 pm 

Photo: Elizabeth Opalenik for Dancing Earth

Dancing Earth performed on November 20, 2017 at Alcatraz Island to honor the occupation of the island by the Indians of All Tribes 1969-1971, & to remember missing & murdered Indigenous women.

Photo: Elizabeth Opalenik for Dancing Earth

We had a beautiful time on our tour in Guahan!! We learned many things about the need for independence on Guahan.  For now, the U.S. Military has claimed the only fresh water lake on the island for their use, & they charge residents of Guahan a highly inflated price for the use of that water. This is only one of many thefts & exploitations the U.S. Military has brought to the island.

Dancing Earth Preview & Dance Party

Saturday, September 23rd, 6-9 pm, Railyard Performance Center, Santa Fe, NM

Photo by Paulo T.

We invite people from Northern New Mexico to the Railyard Performance Center to see our current touring production, "Seeds: Re Generation," before we go on tour to Mesa Arts Center in Arizona & then to Guahan (AKA Guam). We will follow our preview with a dance party. This event is free & for all our communites. Donations accepted.

unify fest is September 1-3, 2017

at The Chi Center, Galisteo, NM.

Esmé sings friday, 9/1, 1-2 pm at the Sol Stage,

dances Saturday 9/2 at 7 pm with Madi sato & Tim Mclaughlin 

& sings Sunday, 9/3 at 11 pm with Alohi & the Freelife

The Regeneration Festival in Taos, NM is this weekend. Sunday, 9/3, I'll dance & sing for the free community concert at Kit Carson Park in Taos following the opening prayer at 11 am. I'll offer musical & dance accompaniment for Iridescence Simone Rael's original music from 12 to 1 pm, & a set of my original music from 12:30 to 1 pm.

June 24, 2017 was Santa Fe's first Water is Life Festival at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens. I begin singing in the above video 1:55 minutes in. Below is a video of our community water dance that I featured in. This takes place in connection with the Global Water Dances.

Open Mic

at the Santa Fe Oxygen & Healing Bar- Apothecary 

Hosted by Esmé Olivia

133 W San Fransisco St., 87501

Wednesday, June 14th @ 8 pm

may 26-29, 2017 delta county, colorado


Esmé will sing, drum, & loop poetry & prayer as part of this wonderful gathering of visionaries, which is a homecoming many have only dreamed of.

Artwork by Amina Re, co-creator of Fierce Feminine Risings


An evening of dance, poetry & performance

in response to the current socio-political climate


Saturday, April 29th, 7:30 pm

Railyard Performance Center

1611 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM


$10-20 sliding scale suggested donation

(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Proceeds to benefit Girls, Inc. & Honor the Earth

Contributing Artists include 

Lianne Aponte, Robin Duda, Fe Fox,

Elise Gent, Esmé Olivia,

Amina Re, & Emmaly Wiederholt




open mic at the                                              

for Standing rock

hosted by    E s m é   O l i v i a 


Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 pm     .     102 W San fransisco st. 

Awareness & Abundance-Raiser for protectors of water, land & Indigenous sovereignty & survival at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota as the Dakota Access Pipeline is slated to begin construction under the Missouri River within weeks.