“The line between true self and feigned self is blurred on all sides.” ― Gayle Forman
In our first live show back since COVID-19 lockdown, Early Era Collective explores the internal and external sides of the human experience: what we expect ourselves to be versus what we actually are. Our artists dive into the idea of developing themselves inside for the greater pursuit of social freedom. Come join us for a night of multi-form dance, groove, poetry, theatre, song, projection and film!
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Show art designed by Ketan Patel.
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.
We can't wait to get back onstage for the first time in two years! 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.
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.
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!
© Early Era Collective 2019