Formed in 2017, See The Elephant is a new theatre and dance company based in the foothills of El Dorado.

At See The Elephant…we believe the creation of live performance is a journey itself; to seek in the place that we live an active engagement with each other that takes us beyond our comfort zones & speaks to a shared humanity.

Photo credit: Sharen Balentine. From the play Trojan Women at El Dorado HS, 2018. A See The Elephant collaboration

Photo credit: Sharen Balentine. From the play Trojan Women at El Dorado HS, 2018. A See The Elephant collaboration

See The Elephant!

What's in a name?

"Seeing the elephant" means going into the unknown, going deeper into one's experiences of a place to learn of its actualities. The act of "seeing the elephant" takes us on a journey... In the sense of our Company, it means going into other people's spaces, taking performances to communities who do not normally have access to theater & live performance. Conversely, it is an invitation for people to take a risk in coming to see our work. Through theatrical storytelling & dance, we hope to learn & grow, to investigate our identities & purposes.

From Trojan Women, a collaboration with El Dorado High School, Studio 81. Photo credit:  Disposition Pictures

From Trojan Women, a collaboration with El Dorado High School, Studio 81. Photo credit: Disposition Pictures

Our Mission

Our mission is to make performance more accessible to our region by providing professional artistic opportunities and building partnerships that foster deeper engagement.

From Gold Hill Samurai at WakamatsuFest150. Photo credit: Menka Belgal Photography. Coloma 2019

From Gold Hill Samurai at WakamatsuFest150. Photo credit: Menka Belgal Photography. Coloma 2019

Making Performing Arts Accessible

We are a rural-based theatre and dance company. We will strive to bring the most exceptional theatre and dance experiences to those that have least access. To do this, we will focus on the needs of our rural community, bring shows and opportunities to the outskirts, and partner with organizations to reach the most people.

See The Elephant Theatre & Dance Company is a Project of Arts and Culture El Dorado Arts Incubator program. 

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