• Milez at The Paramount

     
    We are delighted to share that our short dance film, Milez, will be screened at the historical Austin theater this Friday at 9pm! Featuring music and performances by local hip hop duo Magna Carda, Milez was one of six short films selected to open Hyperreal Film Club’s programming for The Paramount’s tried-and-true Summer Classic Film Series. Early Era Artistic Director Stephanie Patrick will introduce the film. See us on the big screen, and stay for the cult classic movie, Showgirls! 
     
    Milez was shot end edited by Ben Lee, and co-choreographed by Daniel Broxton and Stephanie Patrick.
    Purchase tickets by clicking the picture below.

     

  • Pictures by Earl McGehee.

     

    We are grateful to all who came to our four performances of Shift, our show about change and transformation. We’re feeling the love! Early Era is hungry for more and can’t wait to get back onstage. Stay tuned!

     

    Success is never possible alone. We’d like to thank the following people and businesses for making this show happen: Ketan Patel, Keegan & Lauren Faudree, Greg Burton, Dan & Kristine Patrick, Teresa Russell, Kathleen Fletcher, Jonathan White, Earl McGehee, Ben Lee, Sam Hensley, and Capital City Ballet. Our community of support means everything to us!

  • Emancipation Day

     

    Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas - 2.5 years after President Abraham Lincoln effectively ended slavery. Today, we continue fighting for justice for our Black and African American brothers, sisters, and non-binary folks in this country. See below for our suggestions of ways to honor Juneteenth this year.

  • Resources for Honoring Juneteenth

    Early Era Collective, and the dance/arts industries in general, would not be what they are without the contributions of Black and African American creatives. We encourage you to celebrate Juneteenth by:

  • Thoughts That Move, Season 3 episode 5

    Four professional tap artists discuss the history of rhythm tap, the responsibility of white artists in a Black art form, and discovering your authentic artistic identity. 

     

    Host: Michael Love

    Featured Artists: Karissa Royster, Ginnifer Joe, Alisa Guardiola

    Edited by: Daniel Broxton

    Music by: Magna Carda

    Caption by: Lauren Parra Faudree

    Thoughts That Move season 3, episode 4

    Triple Threat: Black, Female & Creative is an intimate conversation between Kaitlyn Jones and Leah Tubbs that covers topics like self-care, lineage, energizing artistic communities of color, and when to say “no.”

     

    Hosted by: Kaitlyn Jones

    Guest: Leah Tubbs

    Edited by: Daniel Broxton Captioned by: Lauren Parra Faudree

    thoughts that move Season 3, Episode 3

     

    As another year of school starts, we bring you Race & Ethnicity in Arts Education. In this episode, current and former teachers discuss the necessity of aligning racial and ethnic studies with arts education for students of all ages, both in the public and private sectors.

     

    Host: Daniel Broxton

    Featured Artists: Jordyn Marsh, Toni Neal, Krista Robinson, Rebeca Gamborino, and Kathleen Fletcher.

    Edited By: Daniel Broxton

    Music By: Magna Carda

    Thoughts That Move Season 3, Episode 2

    “We all just so badly want our hearts to be seen, and we want to be compensated for it.” - Lucy Wilson

     

     

    In this episode, artists talk about matching their passion for art with getting paid for it. Our four guests discuss fair pay, college degrees, what they wish they had learned while training, and the cycle of big companies receiving funding over emerging artists.

     

     

    Host: Daniel Broxton

    Featured Artists: Will Walker, Lucy Wilson, Alisa Guardiola, and Marina DeYoe-Pedraza

    Edited By: Daniel Broxton

    Music By: Magna Carda

    Thoughts that move Season 3, Episode 1

    Creating in a White World features five artists who discuss what it’s like to train and create in white-centered arts industries, and the change they'd like to see in Austin and the larger arts world.

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    Hosted by: Lauren Parra Faudree

    Artists featured: Alexa Capareda, Andreina Byrne, Becky Nam, Mia Moi, and Anna Reyes

    Edited by: Daniel Broxton

    Music By: Magna Carda

    What is thoughts that move?

    Season Three is here! Since Juneteenth 2020, Thoughts That Move has brought 40+ artists from different mediums together to discuss how race and our industries intersect in Austin and beyond.

     

    We cooked up a new structure for S3 featuring more guests, artist footage, and deeper community-driven conversations. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to pay all featured artists and hosts a small stipend for their participation this season.

     

    Thoughts That Move Co-Creators

    Stephanie Patrick, Producer

    Daniel Broxton, Editor

    Lauren Parra Faudree, Administrator

  • Milez mini-teaser

    While witnessing the economic and social changes ushered in by the pandemic, eight Early Era dancers inspect the systems that we abide by, and the sameness required of average people to operate within those systems. Featuring Austin-based hip-hop duet Magna Carda, our artists must decide whether to stay within the boxes that confine them or break free.

    Milez is 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.

    Stay tuned for information about film festivals featuring Milez!

    finding home

    A commissioned work by Equality Texas that honors our Black and LGBTQIA loved ones lost to violence in 2020. A big thank you to Equality Texas for including Early Era in their virtual gala, All Eyes on Texas, on October 17th, 2020! We were proud to help fundraise for such an important cause, and to honor Black and LGBTQIA lives lost to violent crimes in 2020 through words and movement.

     

    Words By: Addy Allred and Andre Bradford

    Dancing By: Mia Moi, Kaitlyn Jones, Ciceley Fullylove, Lauren Parra, Stephanie Patrick, and Jairus Carr

    Shot and Edited By: Ben Lee

    Produced, Directed & Choreographed By:

    Stephanie Patrick

    They Go Wild

    Shot in grey desolation, two dancers and a spoken word artist give a PSA-style warning about the dangers of historical, female oppression in They Go Wild. Picture outdoor dance with horror film vibes.

     

    This short dance film was showcased in the following 2019 film festivals:

    NYC Shorts of All Sorts: Directed By Women

    Oaxaca Film Fest (Awards Finalist)

    Tipperary Dance Platform International Film Festival

     

    Danced & Co-Choreographed By: Lauren Parra Faudree and Laura Vazquez

    Filmed & Co-Edited By: Ben Lee

    Directed, Co-Choreographed & Co-Edited By: Stephanie Patrick

    Work in progress

    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.


    The next steps of this project will resume once COVID-19 subsides.

    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.

     

    Filmed & Edited By: Ben Lee

    Second Camera & Costume Designer: Andreina Byrne

    Directed, Produced & Co-Choreographed By: Stephanie Patrick

    Danced By: Lauren Parra Faudree, Daniel Broxton, Jaylin Lane, Michelle Barfield, Mia Moi, Rachel Nayer, Jairus Carr

    Against Shadows

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

     

    Filmed & Co-Edited By: Justin Kirchhoff

    Produced, Directed, Co-Choreographed & Co-Edited By: Stephanie Patrick

    Danced & Co-Choreographed By: Lauren Parra Faudree, Krista Robinson, Alex Miller, Mahalaya Tintiangco-Cubales, Kyle Limin, Leslie Panitchpakdi, Robin Nariyoshi, Michael Love, Alyssa Myers, Stephanie Patrick

    Assistant Directed By: Maddie Alfaro

     

    View full project at: 

    https://vimeo.com/showcase/7164800

    Thoughts That Move, Season 3 episode 5

    An improvisation on a fall day.

     

    Filmed By: Peter Klemek and Yelena Laningham

    Danced By: Stephanie Patrick and 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

     

    Danced & Edited By: Stephanie Patrick

    Filmed By: Rafael Alba and David Kallison

  • 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.

     

  • the concept

    A Bit About Us....

    We're an Austin-based arts company creating performance for stage and film, and leading community-driven conversations for change. 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!

     

    EEC was founded in Fall 2018, and became a 501(c)3 organization in March 2019. Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick. Awards and honors for Early Era Collective include:

    • Managing Artistic Director received the 2019 nomination for the Austin Chronicle’s Best Choreographer/Dancer
    • They Go Wild was featured in three national and international film festivals in 2019

    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. Stephanie brings those artistic successes and her strong vision to EEC. Early Era Collective is organized as a nonprofit organization to best support its collaborating artists.

  • Support Early Era

    It takes a community to keep local artists making art. Click the button below to learn more about what we've accomplished artistically and in the community, and how you can support Early Era as we continue to create art for ATX in 2022. We appreciate gifts of all sizes!

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    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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