A Hey for 4 examines four dancers’ ability for expression as they repeat one endless, weaving, contra dance movement called the "Hey." The movement presents a structure for the dancers to be both single as well as communal: tied to one another, yet with room for improvisation.
Contra dance is a folk dance tradition that originated in the British Isles in the 17th century and then spread with arriving settlers through the New England and Appalachian regions of the USA. Today in Appalachia, contra dances have been incorporating 21st century electronic music rather than the old-time style, reviving the tradition with new technology. The dancers respond to the old and new beats as the repeated movement transforms them.
Directed by 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