Conceived and Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Devised by the Ensemble
Presented by The VORTEX

Enter into the open expanse of the Temple of Spirit and immerse yourself in the paradox of Center and Circumference. Weaving together live world music, virtuoso singing, modern dance, and storytelling, SPIRIT transcends the body and touches the soul, taking us on a soaring journey in search of our own divinity. SPIRIT is the culmination of the Elementals. Conceived and directed by award-winning visionary, Bonnie Cullum. View photos of the production


 Andy Agne, Anderson Dear, Kira Lumiel, Gabriel Maldonado, Betsy McCann, Emerald Mystiek and Melissa Vogt. Milton Villeda and Ethan Vlah join the ensemble to play live original world music.


Choreography by Toni Bravo. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Jason Amato. Costume Design by Stephanie Dunbar. Elemental Altar by Griffon Ramsey. Production Photos by Kimberley Mead.

Over the past 25 years, Cullum has created dozens of devised ritual theatre works dedicated to the sacred and divine in nature, goddesses, tricksters, the ocean, and the earth. In recent years, her insight turned to The Elementals: AIR, FIRE, WATER, EARTH. AIR featured dynamic aerial work and heavenly music and received the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Score by Chris Humphrey. FIRE received 2 nights of ritual in The Yard at The VORTEX and plenty of reverence due to the severe drought, burn ban, and Bastrop fires. WATER flooded the stage at The VORTEX every night, singing and dancing through the many faces of water accompanied by a mighty waterfall, and Jason Amato received a B. Iden Payne Award for his magnificent lighting design. EARTH packed tons of dirt into the theatre for the rise of the Warriors of Earth and Toni Bravo received the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreography.

SPIRIT is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at SPIRIT is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.