Ellis won’t be Dancing Today is a dance/theatre piece about one woman’s story of her husband and Alzheimer’s disease.
This work was originally created as a live performance piece by Kuntz and Company for the Palliative Care Summer Institute in July 2014. The Palliative Care Institute is a partnership with Western Washington University, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), Community Organized Group for Health (COGH), Whatcom Family & Community Network, PeaceHealth Palliative Care, and PeaceHealth Hospice to transform palliative care in the Whatcom community and support the human responses to living and dying.
Pam Kuntz and Juliette Machado have adapted the piece into a short film starring Jim Lortz and Marilyn Flint. The piece is about Marilyn’s experiences with her husband Ellis at the end of his life with Alzheimer’s. It premiered at the Pickford Film Center on January 10, 2016. The “Dances for the Camera” event also highlighted other locally-produced works including Kuntz and Company’s Parkinson’s Dreams About Me and Pacing, which features members of Bellingham Repertory Dance.