Black lives matter
Black Lives Matter
In light of the murders of George Floyd, Mike Ramos, and so many other Black Americans lost to police brutality, our company acknowledges and joins the fight for justice for our Black brothers and sisters.
In a country that claims to be one nation and touts justice for all, this tradition of violence is simply unacceptable. It is clear that the roots of racism need to be examined and swiftly removed. Our art form, local community, and company would not be what they are without the innovations and talents of Black dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists.
In one of the most segregated cities, we recognize the disparities young Black dancers face in accessing training, and the factors that hinder Black professionals from producing work. As part of this community we are advocating for change, and we welcome feedback from Austin’s artists and citizens of color.
Black lives matter. We see you, we stand with you, and we are in this ongoing and important fight for justice.
Thoughts That Move
On Juneteenth we launched Thoughts That Move, an Instagram Live series bringing Austin’s professional artists together, to discuss how creative industries and race intersect in Austin. Thoughts That Move connects two artists weekly, representing different dance styles and/or artistic mediums. Tune in for our weekly live discussions and check out previous episodes @earlyeracollective on Instagram.
Click on the picture above to view our first episode!
Part Four: All the Jive Is Gone
Against Shadows Part 4 of 5 is a solo piece we made with Michael Love! Michael is a tap artist who studies, dances, and choreographs here in Austin, Texas. This section is soundtracked by "All the Jive Is Gone," a song released in 1936 by Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy, to highlight the unchanging elements of racial discrimination in the United States.
Dancing & Choreography by Michael Love
Cinematography & Editing by Justin Kirchhoff
Concept & Dance Direction by Stephanie Patrick
Peep Our Upcoming Work!
With 23 hours, 19 dancers, and 2 directors, we made 9 new dance film pieces in one weekend! In late February, Early Era embarked on a new journey, creating a piece about the lives of people who immigrate to the U.S. Here's our plan of attack:
1. Choreograph and film all dance scenes for the camera.
2. Work with organizations like Girl Forward and Refugee Services of Texas to connect
with people who have immigrated from all over the world, and capture their stories on film.
3. Combine footage with live dance at a stage near you!
We couldn't have accomplished Step 1 without our community of support. A huge "thank you" goes out to Austin Sunshine Camps for donating and trusting us with their space! We're grateful for Uncle Nicky's, Jonathan White, and Travis Tober for feeding our cast through the long hours on set. Thank you, Kristine & Dan Patrick, for being rockstar volunteers.
Check out the trailer above, and stay tuned!
I Live Here, I Give Here
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Amplify Austin campaign! With your help, we raised over $3,400! We are so grateful for your support, and can't wait to share our 2020 works with you.
In an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we have postponed our programming until further notice. Take a look at our Fall 2019 projects below!
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.
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 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
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!
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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