American Dance Abroad and One Foundation for Culture and Arts Present “SPOTLIGHT: USA,” a Platform of American Dance in Bulgaria

(New York, NY) “SPOTLIGHT: USA,” a platform of American dance in Bulgaria, will feature U.S. dance companies in performances in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from March 26-28, 2018. SPOTLIGHT will introduce American dance companies to international dance professionals, increase cultural exchange and appreciation between the U.S. and Bulgaria, provide opportunities for American dance to be seen and embraced by international audiences, and lay the groundwork for sustained collaboration among the numerous countries that will attend.

Performances will be presented in four venues throughout Plovdiv, the 2019 European Capital of Culture. American Dance Abroad and One Foundation for Culture and Arts are closely collaborating on the project and together will invite and host 50+ international programmers from approximately 30 countries to attend the event.

A prestigious international jury curated the platform from a select list of 50 proposals. Congratulations to the following American companies selected by the jury: Camille A. Brown & Dancers (New York, NY), CONTRA-TIEMPO (Los Angeles, CA), Dance Heginbotham (New York, NY), Degenerate Art Ensemble (Seattle, WA), <fidget> (Philadelphia, PA), Jonah Bokaer Choreography (New York, NY), Kate Wallich + The YC (Seattle, WA), Palissimo Company (New York, NY), and Tahni Holt Dance
(Portland, OR).

The jury included Marc Olivé López, theatre programmer, Mercat de les Flors (Spain); Yvona Kreuzmannová, founder and director of Tanec Praha (Czech Republic); Felix Wittek, former director, internationale tanzmesse nrw (Germany); Karen Cheung, director, China Dance Development Project at the City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong); Balázs Arato, manager, National Dance Theater (Hungary); and Antonello Tudesco, artistic director, CollettivoNada (Italy).

American Dance Abroad Co-Directors Dickey and Snyder remarked on the jury’s selection, “We are delighted with the results of the jury’s review and determination. These companies exemplify the extraordinary diversity of styles and artistic voices, represent the geographic range of great dance throughout our country, and offer a balance of gender in choreographic distribution. We hope the Bulgarian public and international colleagues who attend SPOTLIGHT: USA will appreciate and enjoy this unique platform.”

Performance tickets will be available to the public starting in December through and The website will also include details on the companies, program schedule, local accommodations in Plovdiv, how to contribute, and other pertinent information.

SPOTLIGHT is supported, in part, by the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the City of Plovdiv Municipality, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. According to Barbara Lanciers, director of TMU: “The staff and board of the Trust for Mutual Understanding are delighted to support American Dance Abroad's SPOTLIGHT: USA program, which will serve to increase communication and understanding between American and Bulgarian dance professionals, bolster Bulgaria’s presence in the European performing arts market and introduce American dancers and choreographers to a new Bulgarian audience as well as international presenters they otherwise would be unable to meet. This kind of interconnected, mutually beneficial focus encompasses the heart of the important work we have come to expect from American Dance Abroad.”