• against shadows

    Part One: Public Release January 9th

    A Note From the Choreographer


    Howdy, Stephanie Patrick here! Welcome to the first chapter of Against Shadows. It's hard to believe we filmed this almost two years ago! This dance film was completed and privately screened in 2017, then publicly shown at a well-attended premiere party in February 2018 at Friends & Allies Brewing Co. We will be publicly releasing one of these five scenes per month, starting with January 2020.


    I developed this project while living, dancing, and creating in San Francisco, originally as a concept for the stage. I adapted it to film after moving back to my home city (Austin, TX) in 2016 to start Early Era Collective. These five scenes were shot in both cities, featuring dancers and choreographers who have faced gender or racial discrimination, backdropped by graffiti - the most contemporary and community-driven art form out there. We were lucky to capture this scene at the iconic HOPE Gallery before it closed.


    Featuring four strong female dancers showcasing contemp-hop choreography and improvisation to the song "Better Days" by L.A. Musician Domino, this scene represents a brighter future for women...specifically women who take no shit. This concept was one I wanted (and still strive) to embrace in my daily life; a lifestyle that was very inspired by the women I befriended in the Bay Area.


    Our DP shot Against Shadows on the Cadillac of cameras (RED), so be sure to treat yo'self to the full screen experience. Hope you enjoy, and be sure to catch Part Two next month!


    Dancers: Lauren Parra, Alex Miller, Krista Robinson, Stephanie Patrick
    Artistic Director & Choreographer: Stephanie Patrick, in collaboration with the dancers
    Director Of Photography: Justin Kirchhoff
    Editors: Stephanie Patrick & Justin Kirchhoff
    Drone Camera Operator: Kyle Kirchhoff
    Set Photographer: David Kallison
    Music: "Better Days" by Domino

  • auditions

    Sunday, January 26th

    We're Hosting Company Auditions!



    Sunday, January 26th from 1-3p.m. Please arrive early to fill out audition form.



    Ballet Arts of Austin

    2007 West Anderson Ln

    Austin, TX 78757



    We are adding dancers to our company for 2020 films and shows! Artists must be available for a full weekend shoot February 21-23. All projects are paid. Please bring a dance resume, and headshot is optional.



    We seek professional, multi-form dancers with collaborative and positive mindsets! Styles include a strong focus on contemporary, and welcome hip-hop, tap, swing, and ballet dance forms, as well. Must be comfortable with improvisation. We are made up of a diverse group of artists in style, gender and ethnicity, and we aim to keep it that way. College and high school dancers welcome for some projects.


    If you are unavailable for the audition date but interested in submitting for open positions, please email stephanie@earlyeracollective.org.

  • live

    The Speak Series

    Our last show of 2019 was on Tuesday, December 17th. This was our second year to perform as Austin Poetry Slam's feature, and it's one of our favorite audiences in Austin. If you haven't been to a slam, the high energy and community vibe is a must. Click on the picture above for more information about APS.


    Thank you, Austin, for two incredible audiences at Louder Than Words on November 14th and 15th!! Our first enthusiastically braved the cold, and our second forced us to add seating for our largest audience to date! A huge thank you Carpenter Hotel for selecting us to be your first live show AND donating the space. Thank you The Creative Fund for your Q Grant to cover all rehearsal space rentals.


    On November 8th and 9th we debuted "Bite The Bullet" at Seam East, the last show of Seam Project's season. Addy Allred's words and Jaylin Lane's movement used this popular phrase to name America's people of color as a target for mass shootings, and to show that these communities are often silenced after their losses. We so enjoyed sharing this impactful piece with Seam audiences.

    Click on the picture above for more information about Seam Project.


    Photograph by Earl McGehee. Piece directed by Stephanie Patrick.


  • film festivals

    They Go Wild

    They Go Wild just made its way through the film festival circuit! Shot in grey desolation, two dancers and a spoken word artist give a PSA-style warning about the dangers of historical, female oppression. All three festivals showcased films from all over the world:


    NYC Shorts of All Sorts: Directed By Women - Monday, September 2nd

    Oaxaca Film Fest - October 4th-10th, Awards Finalist

    Tipperary Dance Platform International Film Festival - October 7th-13th

  • Of Thee I Swing teaser

    Of Thee I Swing combined filmed interviews of World War II veterans and civilians with live dance. We created an evening-length piece using multi-form dance, costumes, and music from the 40s to align that era with now.


    This production was presented at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew. Funded in part by the City Of Austin's Cultural Arts Division.

    Against Shadows Trailer

    Ten performers in five scenes explore racial and gender discrimination against graffiti sites in Austin and San Francisco.

    Fall & Lift

    An improvisation on a fall day. Filmed by Peter Klemek and Yelena Laningham. Danced by Stephanie Patrick & Yelena Laningham.

    Edited by Stephanie Patrick.

    I Begin

    "I am literally smiling, now. I am really, truly filled with joy watching this. It exudes the joys of coming home. It's not quite like anything I've seen before. It feels like each of the places themselves are Stephanie’s dance partners, with Texas being her final, real partner. I did not see her dancing IN a place, as much as WITH a place."

    - Kathryn Taylor, viewer

  • press

    Hip Hop Hooray

    KOOP Radio Interview

    Director Stephanie Patrick and Dancer Jaylin Lane talked about Of Thee I Swing on Hip Hop Hooray! Miss Manners asked questions about dance, hip-hop, the history of segregation in Austin, and how we spread awareness through art.


    Click the picture to hear our interview on SoundCloud!

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  • the concept

    A Bit About Us....

    We're an Austin-based 501(c)3 nonprofit creating performance for stage and film. EEC makes multi-form art showcasing diverse perspectives for diverse audiences. Our languages include dance - contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballet - spoken word, music, acting, and any other medium we'd like to tackle. We're a collaborative entity always working toward pushing our own artistic boundaries!


    Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick, the founder and former director of Stephanie Patrick Dance of San Francisco, Asheville, and Austin. SPD was founded in 2012 and awarded the following honors:


    -Q Grant from The Creative Fund, August 2017

    -2016 Dance Artist Development Award from Arcos Dance

    -2015 Starving Artists Award from Principal Creative and Performing Arts

    -Recipient of Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) at SAFE House Arts June and December 2015


    Stephanie brings those artistic successes and her strong vision to EEC, which premiered in the fall of 2018 with three productions in Austin. Early Era Collective is organized as a nonprofit organization to best support its collaborating artists.

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