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November 2010 Spotlight: Grinnell College + Dah Teatar

Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, presented Dah Teatar in October 2010. This Performing Arts Fund—supported engagement featured Dah Teatar, a Serbian theater company formed during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Dah Teatar presented a public performance of its original production Crossing the Line, based on the book Women’s Side of War, a collection of women’s testimonies about the wars that took place in the former republic of Yugoslavia from 1991 through 1999. The stories describe the suffering of women in war and also capture the courage and strength that they found in overcoming the traumas of war while establishing a normal life. The company’s founding and continuing motto is, “In the contemporary world, destruction and violence can only be opposed by the creation of sense,” and they continue to be advocates for art as a means of social change. They are rigorous about their attention to their craft and have the courage to express difficult content.

Highlighting 25 years of arts programming

Please join us in celebrating 25 years of service to the arts community in the Midwest and beyond! Since 1985, Arts Midwest has grown from...

October 2010 Spotlight: Chamber Music Society of Detroit + The Romeros

Chamber Music Society of Detroit in Farmington Hills, Michigan, presented The Romeros in September 2010. This Performing Arts Fund—supported engagement featured a full-length public performance by guitar quartet The Romeros, along with two weeks of in-depth educational activities that included nearly 40 events, reaching more than 6,000 people over the course of the residency. The legendary Celedonio Romero, with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel, founded the internationally renowned ensemble often called “The Royal Family of the Guitar” in the mid-20th century. With the introduction of Celin’s son, Celino, into the quartet in 1990, and Angel’s son Lito later joining his father in duo recital, the ensemble known as The Romeros encompasses three generations of concert artists.