Ellis won’t be dancing today

Fall 2016

Ellis won’t be dancing today is a dance/theatre piece about one woman’s story of her husband and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ellis won't be dancing today was selected for the 40 NORTH Dance Film Festival 2016 and EnCore: Dance on Film 2017, and received the Merit Award of Awareness from the 2016 Awareness Film Festival.


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 and due to sold a sold out house enjoyed a second screening on January 31st.