2021 Artist & Entertainers

Stacy Everson

Stacy Everson

Palm Theater Performer

Stacy Everson’s love for aerial dance found her on the island of Kauai, enthralled by spatial play upon witnessing the abilities of the human body through a Cirque de Soleil performance.

Searching for the new and innovative in aerial representation is her goal. However, her true joy comes from teaching others not to be merely spectators but actual participants.

She has been performing for seven years throughout Colorado in California and beyond at Envsion stage in Costa Rica.

Derek "Vincent Vega"

Derek "Vincent Vega"

Fire Performer

Derek is fire performer out of Crested Butte. He was inspired by the annual vinotok celebration that occurs during the autumnal equinox. Derek focuses his energy on the dragon staff. Fire spinning in the mountains gives him a great balance between winter activities and summer activities. Derek enjoys inspiring others to follow their own performance aspirations.

Anneke Dean

Anneke Dean

Violinist

Anneke grew up in Denver, CO and started playing the violin at the age of eight. She studied at Denver School of the Arts under the tutelage of the Moscow String Quartet’s first violinist, Eugenia Alikhanova. She holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she studied with Almita Vamos, MingHuan Xu, and Frank Almond. Anneke was exclusively playing classical music for the majority of her career. While in Chicago, she started exploring other genres including jazz and mariachi. At that point, she continued broadening her genres. Since moving to the Telluride area in 2018, she has worked with numerous local musicians exploring country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, improvisation, classical, and more. Anneke joined the local band, Birds of Play, during the summer of 2020 and tours full time with them.

Dan Gundrum

Dan Gundrum

Welding & Digital Projection Artist

Dan Gundrum specializes in immersive digital art though projection mapping, lasers and special effects through his company Pivotal Effects. He serves the community’s tech needs through his primary company Home Technology Group by installing home automation and lighting control in clients homes. He regularly shares his talent through artist workshops and holds an annual welding workshop for Rocky Mountain Arts. Dan is the Technical Director and Ensemble Member with Telluride Theatre, helping direct the cogs behind the scenes to make the show go on seamlessly. He is an active member at Deep Creek Experimental, and fine tunes his plethora of creations in a studio built in an old limestone mine.

Ben Dukminier

Ben Dukminier

Stilt Walker & Clown Instructor

An actor turned clown, Ben has been in the performing arts for over 15 years. He is one of the founding members of the "Secret Circus Society" in which he trains in a multitude of skills such as: aerial silks, street magic, clowning, rolling globe, playing with fire, juggling and the list always seems to be growing but what he is best known for is his work on stilts. He prides himself on not being just a stilt walker but instead a stilt dancer who likes to climb mountains, dance above the crowds and push the limits of what a 10-foot tall person can do. He is teaching several free workshops at the library Saturday and Sunday.

Jesse The Juggler

Jesse The Juggler

Fire Performer & Instructor

Jesse has been performing and teaching juggling and unicycle for 15 years. A Portland ME native, he learned how to juggle in the second grade. He’s an avid circus artist, always working on improving his craft. Jesse recently spent a year in Little Rock, AR where he worked as a teacher and performer with the Arkansas Circus School. Additionally, Jesse is also a performer with The Durango Circus. Jesse is also an advocate for health and wellness and a talented musician. He will also be teaching free juggling workshops at the library.

Shan Thorpe

Shan Thorpe

Palm Theater Performer

Shan moved to Telluride in May of 2019 from Hawaii. After moving, she jumped right into giving back to the community by participating as a model in the Telluride Aids Benefit Fashion Show. Music plays a huge role in her style of dance, which she calls "Channeled Embodiment". When she’s not working at Lustre Gallery, she can often be seen skating on the bike trail. with a big smile on her face.

Michael "Oaks" Wright

Michael "Oaks" Wright

Spin Right Round

Michael Wright is a sculptor who uses found wood and reclaimed pallets for large-scale pieces and furniture. A portion of all sales and commissions for art are donated to his non-profit called Potty Project International. This organization builds latrines and supports clean water projects in Uganda. Using found and reclaimed wood not only helps with protecting the environment but also lowers material costs so that more money can be spent on building latrines for communities that lack basic sanitation.

Viele Maloy

Viele Maloy

Fire Performer

Viele is a fire performer based in Crested Butte, CO. She finds freedom expressing herself through movement and loves sharing her flame with others through performance and teaching. She has been performing with her fire fans and dragon staff at festivals and private events all across the U.S. for the past five years.

Vera Sizintseva

Vera Sizintseva

Fire Performer

Vera is a Russian circus and flow performer based in Denver, CO. She has spent six years learning and teaching flow arts, her favorite prop is dragon staff. Vera will be performing as well as teaching free workshops at the library for the Festival. She loves performing and teaching dragon staff.

Gale Force

Gale Force

Palm Theater Performer

Gale Force is a performance artist specializing in stilt and aerial dance. With over a decade of professional experience, she owns the stage from the moment she emerges until she leaves. Gale Force is always innovating new and beautiful dimensions and movements to share and stir up absolute joy in audiences.

Gale is also the creator of Gforce Baubles; high-vibe, intentional, wearable resin art.

Rikki Morehouse

Rikki Morehouse

Palm Theater Performer

Rikki is a passionate and dedicated performer, teacher, and designer of things. She is also a contortionist-hand balancing-aerialist clown, and one of the creators of SacCirque, a sacramento based collective of circus and flow artists (saccirque.com). She currently lives in Paonia, CO where she has formed a performance organization called Homestead Circus Productions with her partner Dominic Del Signore. You can read more about Rikki here: http://www.rikkimorehouse.com/

Homestead Circus Productions

Homestead Circus Productions

Palm Theater Show

Homestead Circus Productions is a Colorado-based company focused on evolving circus entertainment, culture, and education, on the western slope while pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus everywhere. This is their second year collaborating with Telluride Dance Collective for the Friday, Dec. 4 show at the Palm Theater.

Dominic Del Signore

Dominic Del Signore

Fire Performer & Palm Theater Performer

Circus performer Dominic Del Signore shares the art of object manipulation in western Colorado. He has recently displayed his acts at Carbondale’s Mountain Fair and the Telluride Fire Festival. As Co-Founder of Homestead Circus Productions with his partner RIkki Morehouse, Dominic practices a multiplicity of skill toys. Constantly expanding upon the visually elusive practice of balance and isolation, he brings an element of mystery and playfulness to all his performances. Photo by Scott London.

Jenna Wirtz

Jenna Wirtz

Fire Performer

Jenna has been performing with fire fans, dragon staff, and poi at festivals for many years with Dance of the Sacred Fire. She is an annual participant at Telluride Fire Festival! Come watch Jenna perform Friday and Sunday at the Transfer Warehouse and Saturday in Mountain Village Center.

Niel Ringstad

Niel Ringstad

Fire Art Installation

Originally from NYC, Niel is distinguished as a 31-year Telluride local, living for his first 10-years in a ski-bum shack of 72 square-feet. Though a graphic designer at heart and an accomplished painter, Niel has graciously built two towering sculptural works (out of clean, salvaged lumber) for the Festival, which have been the cornerstones of the Fire on the Mountain in 2016 and the BIG Bad Burn in 2017. We welcome him back this year again as one of the trio of artists for this year’s ever-expanding Sculpture Garden at the top of Lift 7.