Where are they now?
Jeffco Open has a myriad of intellectual, passionate and unique individuals who have graduated or moved forward from our program. The following people have gone on to "Create the world as it ought to be." Mark Anderson, a drummer who graduated from Open, has been mentioned on NPR and in the New York Times as a premier member of Paper Bird!
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Erik Martonavich- Big Horse Productions has been breaking the mold in equine entertainment since 1997.
Big Horse Productions was created in 1997 by Erik Martonovich. Erik was a
well known competitive vaulter. He competed all over the United States
and Europe. Erik always stood out in the competition arena, performing
more for the audience than the judges and always doing things with a
little more 'edge' than others. He then decided he would have more fun
performing to an audience permanently and made it his career. In 1999,
he asked fellow vaulting competitor Alethea Shelton to join him in this
adventure, and they began to create acts to bring to the road, calling
themselves Big Horse Productions (or BHP), as they were very well known
for their enormous Belgian draft horses.
They started taking their acts on the road, performing at various
events. In 2003, one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil (Normand
Latourelle) found and approached them. He was creating a show, later
known as "Cavalia". They were performing artists in this successful
multi-media equestrian production for over two years. After the tour,
they moved to Las Vegas, NV.
Benjamin R. Teitelbaum is an ethnographer of contemporary radical nationalism in Europe, a performer of Scandinavian folk music, and Head of Nordic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Brown University, and has also studied at Harvard University, the Stockholm Royal College of Music, Bethany College, and the Eric Sahlström Institute. Teitelbaum has written and presented on topics ranging from folk-tune collecting in 1800s Sweden, white nationalist hip hop and reggae, and Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. And his analysis and commentary on radical nationalism in Scandinavia has appeared in various print media and radio outlets in Sweden, Norway, and the United States, including Aftonbladet, (Norwegian) Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Sveriges Radio, NRK Radio, and the New York Times. As a musician, he specializes in Swedish folk music and Sweden's unofficial national instrument, the nyckelharpa. Having earned the first degree in nyckelharpa performance awarded outside Sweden, he tours nationally and internationally as a performer and teacher.