The Mad Scene
by Performa/Dance

Jun. 10 - Jun. 11


Katherine Deuitch (photo. by Sarah Annie Navarrete)Fame: who doesn’t want it? It means being adored, envied, desired, even feared. With the democratization and ubiquity of social media, the collapse of a private world, and the rise of the “influencer,” we all have the opportunity—or misfortune!— to realize our “15 minutes of fame.” And yet, the longing for fame is timeless. As France’s Louis XIV, the self-titled “Sun King” and the man who popularized classical ballet, once said, “In my heart I prefer fame above all else, even life itself.” Louis XIV’s sentiment rings contemporaneously in our attention-yearning present day. 


Performa/Dance, Austin’s world-class contemporary dance company, is lighting up the stage this summer with a full-length mad-cap romp on fame, The Mad Scene. This 90-minute, darkly absurdist dance-drama, dives into the human longing for fame. The Mad Scene is pop fiction meets black comedy, exploring themes of celebrity, desire, power, fantasy, and the mercurial strands of the human psyche. 


Skipping through time periods and rollicking in anachronisms, The Mad Scene begins in the 17th century court, makes a pit stop mid-20th century, comes to a screeching halt at our current internet-fueled celebrity culture, and in the process, skewers the veneer of performance, propaganda, and artificiality. Follow this work’s ten characters as they battle to win your attention. 


Review by Courtney Thomas for Sightlines magazine, June 14, 2022


Producing Artistic Director, Choreographer, Director:


Jennifer Hart



The Performers:


MC, psychopomp, costume freak of the whole show, dancer:

Kelsey Oliver



Ian J. Bethany

Alexa Capareda

Edward Carr

Katherine Deuitch

Paul Martin

Grace Morton

Kevin Murdock-Waters

Preston Patterson

Elise Pekarek



Jennifer Hart

Edward Carr


Lighting Designer and Technical Director:

Steven Myers


Sound Operator:

Justin Schubert



Sarah Annie Navarrete


Performa/Dance is an award-winning 501c3 non-profit founded by Artistic Director and choreographer Jennifer Hart and Ballet Austin dancer Edward Carr. Instagram:






The Mad Scene
by Jennifer Hart, choreographer

June 10 - June 11, 2022
AustinVentures Studio Theatre
501 W. Third Street
Austin, TX, 78701

June 10 & 11, 2022, 8 pm 

AustinVentures StudioTheater @ Ballet Austin 



Photographs by Sarah Annie Navarrete

Feature by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Sightlines Magazine, June 8, 2022

Alexa Capareda (photo by Sarah Annie Navarrete)

Paul Martin (photo by Sarah Marie Navarrete)

(photo by Sarah Annie Navarrete)