Singer. Instrumentalist. Composer. Dancer. Poet. Actor. Educator. Prayerformer.
Her voice interweaves sky & earth, angels & dirt.
Photos: Jim House (upper left), Colin DilesTellem (upper right), Leland Chapin for Dancing Earth (lower left), Sacred Hand Productions (lower middle), Karla Flores for Dancing Earth (lower right)
M U S I C
C O L L A B O R A T I O N S
LA LUNA ROSE : MAYA ROSE & ESME OLIVIA
L O O P S
D A N C E
Celebrating Michif Medicines, the project I planned to dance in with Dancing Earth & V’ni Dansi this summer, before the pandemic shifted so many plans: https://esmeolivia.com/michif-medicines
A B O U T
Esmé Olivia grew up in traditional Tiwa Pueblo 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.
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 four and a half 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 in these powerful times.
C O N T A C T
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Photos: Sacred Hand Productions (left & top right) & Karmahigh Creations (bottom right)