Director’s Choice Showcase

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Spoke the Hub is proud to present this years’ Director’s Choice Showcase! We invite you to see some of our favorite performers from the infamous and zany Winter Follies performance contest. This year’s featured artists are: Blowout Theatre Company, Chicava HoneyChild, ELSCO Dance, Terry Hempfling and Stormy Budwig.


Blowout Theatre Company

Blowout has created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time is NYC director/producer Blyaze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan.

Started in 2011, Blowout Theatre Company has produced one acts festivals, full length plays, storytelling events, and taught workshops. Recently, we were awarded 1st place in the Brick’s Winter 10 Minute Festival and chosen as a Director’s Choice at Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies! At IRT Theater this fall we’ll produce our largest piece since the company’s inception three years ago In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm by Jona Tarlin. We are staging NEW works. We are providing artists NEW opportunities. And we are continually adding NEW members to our growing community of doers, creators, and appreciators.


Chicava HoneyChild

Chicava HoneyChild is a burlesque danseur, actor and producer. Long time Creative Producer of New York City’s Brown Girls Burlesque creating traditional, political and theatrical burlesque . She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College her areas of interest being performance art, women of color in burlesque heritage, and sacred sexuality and spirituality. She has presented work at Yale University, The New Museum, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and many a burlesque venue petit and grand. Currently he is working on a documentary and book on the legacy of Women of Color in burlesque and developing her technique Sacred Burlesque the goal of which is to generate Feminine Sovereignty, the core concept the grew out of her graduate work. Sacred Burlesque is at healing modality, performance art and set of tools. Learn more as it develops at chicavahoneychild.com or igavemybody.tumblr.com.


ELSCO Dance

Close is a new work that examines vulnerability in both relationships and the human body. Each duet performed in close will represent one part of the body and the dancers will use their individual vulnerable part to show sensitivity, trust and commitment to their partner..

ELSCO Dance was created to redefine the dialogue of dance. Combining the ideals of both commercial and concert dance into a company that is accessible to an array of dance viewers, ELSCO takes pride in not only performing in live shows but live streaming our rehearsals, producing dances for films and engaging out audience outside of the normal “concert” performance. Established in 2012, ELSCO has had the opportunity to perform in numerous festivals in New York City including Pushing Progress, New York Jazz Choreography Project, and CheckItOut Dance Festival in Central Park among others. ELSCO has also toured to Boston, Los Angeles, Connecticut and Pennsylvania to perform. ELSCO is also the producer of The Breaking Glass Project, an emerging female choreographers project and Dance Roulette, an interactive improv dance event.

Ellenore Scott is a New York based professional dancer, master teacher and choreographer. Ellenore was a finalist and All-Star on hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance” and has been a featured dancer on Smash, Blacklist, GLEE, and Dancing With the Stars. Ellenore has also performed with Janet Jackson during her Essence Music Festival Performance.. As a choreographer, Ellenore has had the opportunity to create work for Glow Dance Company in Stavanger, Norway, and on Harvard University and Urbanity Dance in Boston. Ellenore is the Founder and Artistic Director of New York City based contemporary dance company, ELSCO Dance which strives to redefine the dialogue of dance. www.elscodance.org


Terry Hempfling

“The Chair is Pink”, is a movement-based theater presentation incorporating an array of performance styles to create an atmosphere of organized chaos and celebration.

Terry Hempfling is a movement-based performance artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented in New York at Spoke the Hub, T.B.A., The Living Theatre, Goodbye Blue Monday, Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park, Dixon Place, A.U.N.T.S., and the Arts in Bushwick Site Festival; in San Francisco at ODC Theater and in Yellow Springs, OH at Antioch College. Terry is a video archivist for the dance collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She was an Artist in Residence at the Shandaken Project in 2012. Terry studied aerial acrobatics at the San Francisco Circus Center and holds a BFA in Theater and Dance from Antioch College.


 Stormy Budwig

Stormy Budwig‘s new dance work “survival (work) / movement (play)” is an investigation into patterns, roles, energy channels and groupings that occur inside an ecosystem. Along with Budwig, the dance features performers Sophie Bromberg, Maire McCrea, and Lindsey Weaving, all of whom are unique individuals working together as they create and explore an uncharted terrain. Not unlike the unmapped territory we enter into as artists who make work in this city, this dance—from sections, to sequences, to odd little moments—references all kinds of journeys that all of us may take.

Stormy Budwig is a choreographer, performer, writer and runner. Stormy graduated from The New School with a Dance and Writing BA, receiving the David H. Woods Humanitarian Award and the award for Excellence in Dance. Her original dance half-life premiered at Five Myles Gallery in February 2014. Stormy has presented work at Roulette, Spoke the Hub, AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance, and Movement Research’s Open Performance in Brooklyn, and Pathways: Past/Present in Burlington. Stormy works with Emie Hughes and Sprat Artistic Ensemble, and her writing has appeared on Culturebot and The Brooklyn Rail. See her work and get in touch at www.stormybudwig.com.