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Catch up with last year's artists (continued)

We asked the 2017 Spotlight Showcase artists and ensembles what they’ve been up to (Part 2 of 2)

After working closely with the agents and artists who performed at our 2017 Spotlight Showcases, we wanted to check back in with them to see what they’re working on now. We asked the 2017 artists to share with you highlights of the past few months or plans for their year ahead. This is the second of two parts where we’ll hear from our artists. View part one.

Don’t forget: Applications are now open for the 2018 Spotlight Showcases – apply before March 1 for your chance to showcase in Indianapolis this September.

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Page Turner Adventures. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Page Turner Adventures

Last year’s Spotlight Showcase Family Artists Riley Roam & Kenny Mikey of Page Turner Adventures are headed to Hong Kong International Schools in March for a 3 week tour presenting shows and workshops. Their “Storyology” residency program debuted at Concordia International School in Shanghai in 2016 during their “Book Week” celebrating children’s authors. Riley, a writer and performer, plays “World Famous Storyologist Page Turner” in their shows. Together, with Kenny, they spend a week at each school transforming the students into “Storyologists” who “travel the world collecting, telling and writing stories.” Plans for a larger International School tour in 2019 are in the works!

Rob Torres. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Rob Torres

2018 is an exciting new year for Spotlight artist Rob Torres.  He started the year in Paris headlining in the Bouglione show Exploit through March 11th.  The next stop is a run in Las Vegas at the Smith Center for Performing Arts with his one man show Room to Play.  His tour for the rest of the year includes other dates in the USA, Mexico, Italy, Germany, and China. For more information on Room to Play a wonderfully fun and playful family show with a simple load in and set up please contact Gerri Abrahamsen at DCA productions

Koresh Dance Company. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Koresh Dance Company

Koresh Dance Company is pleased to premiere two new works by Artistic Director, Roni Koresh, as part of their spring home season from April 26 to 29 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre located in the heart of Philadelphia.  Inner Sun is a collaboration with composer John Levis exploring the parallel between the Earth’s inner core and the human spirit.   The NEA funded collaboration Matters of the Heart pairs Koresh choreography with poet Karl Mullen and explores the relationship between the rhythm of dance and the cadence of spoken word – a dance for the ears!  Koresh Dance Company is pleased to welcome presenters for the premiere.  If you are interested please contact their Company Manager, Dara.

Telegraph Quartet. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Telegraph Quartet

The Telegraph Quartet is now in the middle of its inaugural year as string quartet in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. We started our season by playing concerts in Georgia and Virginia before heading up to Maine for our MusicHaul project with Yellow Barn. We also toured to Colombia, South America, West Virginia, South Dakota, Texas, Maryland, and Ohio and Florida. We gave the West Coast premiere of John Harbison’s 6th string quartet in that we co-commissioned with Tanglewood, The Lark, and Ariel Quartets. We just performed our Carnegie Hall Debut last night sponsored by the Naumburg Foundation and gave the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s 3rd string quartet as well as performed Leon Kirchner’s 1st string quartet and Arnold Schoenberg’s 1st string quartet. Lastly, our debut album call “Into the Light” will be released on Centaur Records in the next few months and will feature works by Leon Kirchner, Anton Webern, and Benjamin Britten.

OLE! Photo by Terry Gilliam.


OLE! was honored to be selected for Juried Showcases at both Arts Midwest and PAE. They were most appreciative of the reception they received for their first performances in America. Since then they have been performing in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. They will also be touring in Australia, Budapest and Turkey. As the result of being at AMW they were featured at the Snowball Express charity event in Dallas. Upcoming tour blocks are in May and September of 2018 and then April & May 2019.

SONOS Handbell Ensemble. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

SONOS Handbell Ensemble

We are thrilled to report that the SONOS Handbell Ensemble has just confirmed a concert at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX for December 2018. This is going to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime performances in that SONOS will be performing with both world renowned opera diva Frederica von Stade as the guest soloist, and with the Dallas Street Choir, a choir comprised of individuals currently experiencing homelessness, and that drew national attention with its performance at Carnegie Hall in NYC in June, 2017 (featuring Ms. von Stade). We thank the Eisemann Center for taking the leap in presenting this amazing and important collaboration.

Chicago Tap Theatre. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Chicago Tap Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre had a great time performing in the Spotlight Showcase last year. Currently, CTT is preparing for a tour through two cities in Wisconsin in March, followed by our new show, Sweet Tap Chicago, a celebration of Chicago music (including Styx, Kanye West, Ministry, Wilco, Smashing Pumpkins and others) performed by a jazz quartet, a rapper and a soul singer, along with, of course, tap dance. Beyond that, CTT’s summer engagement at the fabulous Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago is coming together, and will partner us with the JC Brooks Band, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, a marching band, lasers, roller derby women and more!

Siudy Garrido. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Siudy Garrido

A vision that reflects the purity of flamenco art from a contemporary perspective, Siudy Garrido exhibits vivid, solo footwork among the masterworks of flamenco movement. Siudy will be joined by two members of the company to demonstrate the choreography of this flamenco ballet ensemble. Original music composed by Jose Luis de la Paz.