HARTEL DANCE GROUP
PERFORMED WELL AT
MUSEUM OF ART
By Nancy Condit
Austin Hartel successfully moved Human After All, with the help of Bryon Chambers, to
the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The ground breaking performance
using the people in the audience's cell phones and Facebook to stream the performance
live by the audience "around the world," and break the fourth wall was received with
rousing applause by the standing audience.
Mario Perdomo was a standout among the dancers with his performance that included
break dancing and back flips. The other smooth dancers were Christy Strauss,
Kayla Witthus, Chelsea Walker, Emily Franks, Daniele Crista, Kessa Fehring, Ashley Coffin,
and Jennifer Rader as the Human. Visit harteldancegroup.org/about/performer. Fehring
and Coffin were guest artists from the University of Oklahoma School of Dance, CDO.
The timing fitted seamlessly between the Oklahoma City Marathon, the film showing
at 2 p.m. in the same theater, and the Festival of the Arts. Hartel said that they were able
to remove most of the multi-media show, except for a large piece that would have been
damaged by the rain on Saturday, when they were allowed in to Oklahoma Contemporary.
The performance was moved because of the danger of fire.
Choreography was by Austin Hartel, the group' s artistic director and choreographer,
with one of the ten encounters choreographed by Roxanne Lyst, who has been a member of PHILDANCO and The Alvin Ailey American Theater. The music was composed and
arranged by Aaron Robinson, and performed both live and recorded by Robinson and
Dillon Branscum. Images were by Skip Largent.