Singer. Instrumentalist. Composer. Dancer. Poet. Actor. Educator. Prayerformer.
Her voice interweaves sky & earth, angels & dirt.
Photos: Jim House, Colin DilesTellem, Leland Chapin for Dancing Earth, Sacred Hand Productions, Karla Flores for Dancing Earth
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LA LUNA ROSE : MAYA ROSE & ESME OLIVIA
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Esmé Olivia grew up in traditional Tiwa lands known as Albuquerque, NM to a Mestiza Mexican-American mother and Dutch-Jewish father. Her blood is a peace treaty she honors through prayers of dance, poetry and song.
After competing on the 2005 National Poetry Slam Champion team, she received her BA from Hampshire College in multi-disciplinary performance and arts-based education.
She has worked as an artist educator with many groups in New Mexico and beyond, including The Identity Project (theidentityproject.us), ArtWorks, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Here is a short video that she created with IAIA after transitioning to virtual learning Spring 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6NHsZbJgbo&t=24s. She currently teaches composition and contemporary dance at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Esmé is also a company member with Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations. She has worked with them as a movement, theatre, music and teaching artist for the past five years.
You can see an introduction to Dancing Earth from their residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2019 at https://www.kennedy-center.org/video/education/dance-world/meet-the-artists-dancing-earth-indigenous-contemporary-dance-creations/.
Esmé’s original music weaves together voice, guitar, drum, keyboard, a loop station and more. She is especially keen on vocal harmonies and exploring how music, dance and storytelling may seed new culture and offer fresh water for the thirsty.
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Photos: Sacred Hand Productions (left & top right) & Karmahigh Creations (bottom right)