Hartel Dance Group is a dance theater production company focused on developing dramatic forms of physical expression and expanding the dance audience. HDG presents passionate and athletic work that explores physical and emotional human boundaries, engaging audiences on a visceral level. Hartel Dance Group maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by Austin Hartel.
Hartel Dance Group has held a dynamic presence in Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas since 2006. Hartel Dance Group has performed at the New Genre Festival in Tulsa, OK and the Florida Arts Festival in Fort Myers. In the Fall of 2009 HDG were on tour in Asuncion, Paraguay, with performances and educational programs. While there, they were invited to perform on the 9th International Gala de Ballet. In October of 2010 HDG perfromed and taught master classes at the Dance Network of South Dakota's anual conference. Locally they have performed at Rose State Performing Arts Center, Oklahoma Contemporary, Lyric Theater at the Plaza, MOMENTUM in Tulsa, and were the featured company at the 2010 Creativity World Forum, creating a site specific work for both the opening and closing events. Mr. Hartel Choreographed a flash Mob for the first day of the event.
Most recently, Mr. Hartel’s work has been presented world wide at festivals such as the Florence Dance Festival and Virginal Dance festival in Italy, (FIB) Festival Internacional Benicassim - Barcelona Spain, The Orlando Fringe Festival - Orlando Florida, the Seminário Internacional de dança in Brasilia-Brazil, and ADF Soul in Soul Korea to name a few.
In the last 3 years, HDG has been a part of the Seminario Internacional De Danza de Brasilia directed by Giselle Santoro, and have been able to start an exchange with brazilian dancers, giving them the opportunity of joining Hartel Dance Group for a Season. This cultural and professional exchange has enriched the lifes our our local dancers, expanding the understanding of our universal languaje of dance.