Written and Directed by Elizabeth Stehling
Copyright Elizabeth Stehling
Dancers- Christi Garland, Lynne Holcombe, Caleb Smith, Jordy Williams
Camera- Valdas Kotovas
Editor- Elizabeth Stehling
Sound- Benjamin Murray, Elizabeth Stehling, Jennie Wakefield
Dance Consultant- Jennie Wakefield
Production Assistant- Erin Moore
Producer- Elizabeth Stehling
Special thanks to Wayne Richard and Harvest Moon Folk Society of Greenville, South Carolina and the contra dance community of the Carolinas
Contra dancing originated in the British Isles in the 17th century and spread with arriving settlers through New England and Appalachia. Now recently, contra dances have been incorporating electronic music rather than a folk style, reviving the old tradition with a 21st century techno-digital influence. The dancers respond to my directions and the music, all while attempting to repeat only one endless, weaving, contra dance movement called the "Hey."
A Hey for 4 examines the individual's abilities for expression while limited to the movement of the group. Multiple pairings and group dynamics present different identifications of self as single as well as communal.