Of Thee I Swing
Thank you for a wonderful performance weekend!
We are grateful to the three audiences that shared “Of Thee I Swing” with us November 10-12, 2023! Honoring Veterans Day and the legacy of our beautiful interview subjects Albert & Virginia Sanders, Alfred Dotson, and Bob & Jewell Goolsby was a pure joy. We hope you enjoyed watching the show as much as we enjoyed performing it.
“Of Thee I Swing” was produced by Early Era Collective and Stephanie Patrick, and choreographed by Stephanie Patrick, Daniel Broxton, Mia Moi and the dancers. Documentary segments were filmed, edited, and animated by Ben Lee, captioned by Maddy Leitner, and directed by Stephanie Patrick. Second camera by Andreina Byrne. Technical direction for the live production was provided by Natalie George Productions, and costumes were created by Lindsey Gerson.
Our fantastic cast: Lauren Parra Faudree, Mia Moi, Jack Dunlap, Matthew Sommers, Bradi Nelson, Taylor Conaler, Lilly Thurman, and Olivia Howell.
We'd like to thank our Board Members Earl McGehee, Ketan Patel, Lisa del Rosario, and Krista Robinson for sharing their time and talents with Early Era. Thank you to Greg Burton, Kristine and Dan Patrick, Teresa and Greg Russell, Earl McGehee and Jonathan White for being major production, organizational, and emotional supports!
Thank you to the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Artist Access Program, and the George Washington Carver Center for providing major production support.
We are grateful to the following business and nonprofit partners: Derek Posner, Darrin Commerford, and the awesome team at Bacardi Brands; Guayaki Yerba Mate; Nora Redfern, Lisa Scheps, and our friends at KOOP Radio; 6th Street Printing; and Motorblade.
Thank you to our excellent front-of house volunteers: Kristine and Dan Patrick, Greg Burton, Lisa del Rosario, Ketan Patel, Daniel Broxton, Fay Leonard, Amelia Bachofen, Laney Phillips, Brandon Caltrider, Angie Zhang, Ashley Sikes, Enjay Brown, Katie Lowen, and Aubrey Turner.
We are grateful to you all for making this production happen - we couldn’t have done it without you!
Featuring Austin-based hip-hop duet Magna Carda, eight Early Era dancers inspect the systems by which we abide, and the sameness required of average people to operate within those systems. Our artists must decide whether to stay within the boxes that confine them or break free.
About the Film
"Milez" was truly a pandemic creation. We rehearsed and choreographed online and shot each dancer separately, creating limitations that allowed us to design a truly unique visual experience. “Milez” was made by an incredibly talented team that needed community and art during the isolation of lockdown, and to make noise in a world that values silence.
Produced by: Early Era Collective and Stephanie Patrick
Co-Directed by: Stephanie Patrick and Ben Lee
Co-Choreographed by: Daniel Broxton and Stephanie Patrick
Director of Photography and Editor: Ben Lee
Danced by: Daniel Broxton, Lauren Parra Faudree, Mia Moi, Michelle Barfield, Jairus Carr, Jaylin Lane, Ciceley Fullylove, and Stephanie Patrick
Poster design by: Ketan Patel
Featuring Magna Carda and their original song "Milez."
"Milez" was featured at 11 film festivals in 2022 and 2023:
Thank you to the three sold out audiences that came to "Whirligig!" Sponsored by Bacardi, this April 2023 live production at Factory On 5th showcased the creativity, fun, and professionalism of Austin's dance community through six brand new works by Lisa del Rosario, Daniel Broxton, Mia Moi, Jairus Carr, and Stephanie Patrick.
16 dancers brought this production to life: Cara Cook, Lisa Schreck, Veronica DeWitt, Fay Leonard, Clay Moore, Angelina de Leon, Aubrey Turner, Amelia Bachofen, Matthew Sommers, Bradi Nelson, Sanchita Sharma, Rachel Culver, Mia Moi, Kanami Nakabayashi Timpe, Amanda Anstey, and Katie Lowen.
Lighting Design by Natalie George Productions. Footage by Earl McGehee. Edit by Clare Schweitzer. Music by UNCOMMEN, Gareth Donkin.
Early era collective
A Bit About Us...
Early Era Collective’s mission is to present multiform art featuring diverse perspectives for diverse audiences. We believe that professional creative work is strongest when collaboratively made by individuals with a variety of training, artistic processes, expertise, lived experience, and world views. Early Era is a dance company, comprised of dancers from contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and ballet backgrounds. We also collaborate with filmmakers, spoken word artists, actors, and singers. Many of our productions carry a social justice message folded into their artistry, emphasizing personal stories over politics.
Our company creates:
Awards and honors include:
EEC was founded in Fall 2018, and became a 501(c)3 organization in March 2019. Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick, the founder and former director of Stephanie Patrick Dance (founded in 2012) of San Francisco, Asheville, and Austin. Stephanie brings those artistic successes and her strong vision to EEC. Early Era is organized as a nonprofit organization to best support its collaborating artists.
Early Era Board Members fundraise, contribute specialized services, and provide valuable expertise for our company. Click each picture to learn more about our awesome team.
Thoughts That Move
Created by Daniel Broxton, Lauren Parra Faudree, and Stephanie Patrick during the pandemic, Thoughts That Move is an artist discussion series that reveals how the arts and race intersect in Austin. Over 50 artists have been featured across three seasons of interviews. View our Season Three episodes below.
Episode flyers designed by Ketan Patel. Theme music by Magna Carda.
Peep some of our film creations.
Glimpse some of our recent live works.
Embolden Workshop Series
Created in partnership with Salvage Vanguard Theater and Ground Floor Theatre, Embolden Workshops are donation-based professional development for artists. Featured speakers are local nonprofit/arts business owners, artists from multiple mediums, and professional fundraisers. Through Embolden, we strive to help Austin artists empower themselves to gain the business skills that we were never taught, prevent burnout, and build community. We hope to reimagine and resume this program in 2024.
Flyer design by Embolden Co-Creator Marina DeYoe-Pedraza.
Black lives matter
Black Lives Matter
In light of the murders of George Floyd, Mike Ramos, and so many other Black and African 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.
© Early Era Collective 2023