Indigenous Cultures Institute
Indigenous Cultures Institute is currently developing the 50-minute children's play "Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet," written by Miakan-Garza tribal members, about the Coahuiltecan’s version of how the first bluebonnets came to Texas. Developing the play in 2017-2018 with Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT premiered the play in March 2018), the Institute plans to produce the play independently as its "first-time production” and tour this authentic indigenous work into Central and South Texas cities in 2019. The Institute also represents the following performing artists: Cuicani In Xochitl – a dynamic Aztec dance company with dramatic sound, movement, and colorful regalia; Dr. Mario Garza – elder, accomplished storyteller/flute player lauded by veterans' groups and community audiences as funny and entertaining with both traditional and original "Chato” dog stories; Adrian Villegas – award-winning, Emmy-nominated comedic performer, with his uproariously funny, one-man show Barrio Daze and other works; Emma Ortega – Apache elder storyteller, retired school teacher who is excellent with children audiences and renowned in the powwow circuit; Aaron Pyle – accomplished composer/musician, Native American flute player; and Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli – phenomenal Aztec dancers in awe-inspiring, traditional, feathered regalia, who include audience-participants in their dance circle. Photo by Maria Rocha.
PO Box 1414
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $100 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $750
For over 20 years Donna Ingham has taken the ancient art of storytelling and given it a Texas twist. A college English professor in her former life and author of six books, she creates finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her own personal experiences. And although she did not set out to be a liar, she has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate stories for all ages and stages. Her "Tall Tales and True" offering is a flexible, well-received program adaptable for all ages, with some stories complemented by guitar, ukulele, or washboard accompaniment. Representative stories allow for multicultural elements and geographic scope. In addition to programs and performances for schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals, she also offers keynotes, luncheon and after-dinner speaking, author visits, workshops, and residencies. Photo by Donna Ingham.
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX 78669
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $450 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
The Invincible Czars make hard-to-categorize music for lovers of everything in the "other" category. They've evolved from a rag-tag art-rock group on Austin’s Red River scene to a reverse classical-crossover powerhouse playing clubs, theaters and universities all over the US. Their unique instrumentation, ambitious projects and variety of styles & influences attracts fans of Frank Zappa, Brave Combo, Faith No More and Danny Elfman. Musicianship, humor and experimentation abound. They also have a sweet wardrobe collection. Their whimsical, Austin-tacious version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" became a Central Texas holiday tradition when it debuted on KUT FM in 2004. Since then, they've played nearly every major holiday event in the state. Lately, the band has been focused on its silent film work. They began scoring/accompanying silent films live at the original Alamo Drafthouse in the 00s. Touring coast to coast in the US and portions of Canada during 2016-17, they’ve come to be known as THE silent film accompaniment group from Texas featuring their own soundtracks to silent movies "Nosferatu," "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," and five others. In 2017 they had a weekly residency at the Alamo Ritz in Austin and were featured performers at the Seattle International Film Festival. Photo by Suzi Spies, Josh Robins.
6300 Huntleigh Way
Austin, TX 78725
public performance/concert $1,000 - $4,000
school performance $750 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $400 - $1,000