How Soon After?
by FronteraFest

Jan. 28, 2016

Choreographed by Ellen Bartel and Kelsey Oliver (Ellen Bartel Dance Collective). I am continuing to explore “non-fiction dance” in order to attend to profound personal stories in a performative way. In How Soon After? I want to share a dear friend’s real-life situation: her life with Huntington’s disease, a terminal degenerative illness she inherited from her dad. I’m aiming to be an advocate for Huntington awareness, help my friend cry out for attention, and expose her courage, sense of humor and humanity. Dancer Kelsey Oliver is asked to explore dualities in movement mostly through controlled-knowing and abandonment-powerlessness. I am offering as a dance the act of performing these dichotomies set to the audio of Stephanie’s story. As a friend of Stephanie, the text I chose is eight minutes edited from a forty-minute interview with good friend, Adam Sultan. The edited selections suggest the most profound challenges and poignant feelings from the interview to help us understand her courage, humor, and humanity. The audience is left to feel whatever is necessary to feel about the presentation. Music by Keaton Henson, edit by Ellen Bartel. 

How Soon After?
by Choreographed by Ellen Bartel and Kelsey Oliver (Ellen Bartel Dance Collective)

January 28, 2016
Hyde Park Theatre
511 West 43rd Street
Austin, TX, 78751

One of five Short Fringe pieces at Hyde Park Theatre, from 8 p.m.