A longtime Seattle based choreographer, Pat Graney draws from a unique suitcase of sources—writers Julio Cortázar and Gertrude Stein, artist Henry Darger, American Sign Language, and the cross cultural art of tattooing—to make emphatically visual and kinetic dances. Grounded in collaboration with composers, writers, designers and visual artists, the work ranges from evenings of formally structured contemporary dance performed in theatres to a site-specific piece in a vast meadow for more than one hundred martial artists. Her latest project, House of Mind, will consist of installations and events (video projection, motion-triggered audio and live choreographed performance) in a 10,000 square foot warehouse transformed into a series of ‘memory rooms’.

For more than 15 years Graney has taught incarcerated women and girls in a workshop she developed that integrates performance, visual arts and writing. She produces performances in the prison, edits an annual anthology of writing, and trains other artists, both here and abroad, to create like projects. Now, along with a team of artists and community advisors, she is developing an arts-based transition program for female ex-offenders and their children. Whether she is working with inmates or technically trained dancers, process and investigation, making and the experience of that making is every bit as important as what gets shaped.

My deepest and most heartfelt interest is in memory and perception, and in the weaving together of multiple elements in performance to create a temporal, almost viscous atmosphere which can communicate the simplest and most complex idea: that we all share commonality.


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Born in Chicago, IL, 1955
Lives in Seattle, WA

1974-1976: The Evergreen State College
1976-1979: The University of Arizona, BFA in Dance

Selected Performance History
June 2009 House of Mind, Dance Theater Workshop, With Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
April 2009 House of Mind, Tigertail Productions, Miami, FL
Feb. 2009 House of Mind, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
June 2008 House of Mind, Seattle, WA
2005 the Vivian girls (based on the work of Henry Darger), Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY
2005 Houston Performing Arts Society & Diverse Works/Houston, Houston, TX
2005 The Hult Center, Eugene, OR
2005 Contemporary Dance Theater, Aronoff Theater, Cincinnati, OH
2005 University of Maryland, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
2004 Florida Dance Festival, Miami, FL
2004 Seattle Theater Group (with On the Boards), Seattle, WA
2000, '01 Tattoo Tour, Portland, Oregon; Eugene, Oregon; Cincinnati, Ohio; Tempe, Arizona; Miami, Florida; Olympia, Washington; Washington. D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; Kirkand, Washington; Santiago, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile
2000 On The Boards (Tattoo Premiere), Seattle, WA
1999 On The Boards (Sleep), Seattle, WA
1997 Women & Their Work (Sleep), Austin, Texas
1996 The KiMo Theater (Sleep), Albuquerque, New Mexico
1996 Miami-Dade Presents (Sleep), Miami Beach, Florida
1996 The Colorado Dance Festival, Boulder, Colorado (Sleep)
1996 DiverseWorks (Sleep), Houston, Texas
1995 OnTheBoards (Sleep Premiere), Seattle, Washington
1994 Via Bahia Festival (Faith), Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
1994 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, Massachusetts (Sax House)
1994 Miami Light Project (Faith), Miami Beach, Florida
1993 Tanzwerkstatt Europa, The Gasteig Theater, Munich, Germany (Faith)

Fellowships and Awards
2007 Nominated for US Artists Award
2004- present Founding Fellow: Center for Creative Research
Group of 11 US Choreography Fellows in Residence at US Universities
Ann Carlson, David Gordon, Pat Graney, Margaret Jenkins, Liz Lerman, Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller, Eiko Otake, Dana Reitz, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
2005, 1994, '88 Artist Trust & Washington State Arts Commission,
Choreography Fellowship
2003 Woman of Spirit Award, Woman Spirit Community Center
2000 The Golden Umbrella Award (Lifetime Achievement), Bumbershoot Arts Festival
1997 Award for Artists Working in Their Communities, Artist Trust
1985-97 National Endowment for the Arts, Choreography Fellowship, 1996/97, 94/95, 92/93, 90/91, 89, 87, 86, 85
1995 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Choreography Fellowship
1988 American Choreographer’s Award, The National Corporate Fund for Dance

International Residencies
2004 Arts International Residency, International Dance Festival Ireland; Dochas Centre for Women (Mount Joy Prison), Dublin, Ireland
2003 Arts International Artist Residency, Reiko Sudo/NUNO Studios, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Arts International Artist Residency, ST SPOT, Tokyo Japan
2001 Arts International Artist Residency (Full Company), Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile
1995 National Endowment for the Arts International Program, Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico
1994 Via Bahia Festival, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
1993 Asian-American Arts Partnership Program, The Suitcase Fund/Dance Theater Workshop, Singapore

Residencies With Incarcerated Women
2007, '06, '05 Mission Creek Correction Center for Women, 3 month Intensive ‘Keeping the Faith’ program, Culminating in Performance, Anthology of Writing, & Videotaped Documentation of Performances. Belfair, Washington
1995-2004 Washington Corrections Center for Women, 3 month Intensive ‘Keeping the Faith’ program, Culminating in Performance, Anthology of Writing, & Videotaped Documentation of Performances. Gig Harbor, Washington
2004 Dublin’s Mount Joy Prison (Dochas Centre), 3 week program culminating in performance Keeping the Faith International Model Residency, Dublin, Ireland
2002, '04 Washington State Corrections Center for Women, Performing Artist Series (Pilot Program), Gig Harbor, Washington
2005, '06 Monroe State Prison, Performing Artist Series (Pilot Program), Monroe, Washington
2002 Keeping the Faith National Model Residency, Estrella Jail (‘Tent City’), Phoenix, Arizona
2002 Tokyo Detention Center for Girls, Keeping the Faith Youth Residency Activities, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Waseda University, Keeping the Faith: Concepts & Methodologies, Tokyo, Japan
2002 ST SPOT Presenting Organization, Working With Incarcerated Populations: The American Concept of ‘Community Outreach’, Yokohama, Japan
2001 Keeping the Faith National Model Residency, River City Correctional Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
1999 King County Youth Detention Center, Keeping the Faith Youth Residency, Seattle, Washington
1996, '97 Echo Glen Children’s Center, Keeping the Faith Youth Residency, Snoqualmie, Washington
1996 Houston City Jail, Keeping the Faith Residency Activities, Houston, Texas
1996 Excelsior Childrens Center, Keeping the Faith Youth Residency, Denver, Colorado
1994, '96 Florida Correctional Institution for Women at Broward, Keeping the Faith Classes and Residency Activities, Pembroke Pines, Florida
1994 Salvador Correctional Facility for Women in Bahia, Keeping the Faith Residency Activities, Bahia, Brazil
1993 Munich City Jail, Keeping the Faith Residency Activities, Munich, Germany
1993 Florida Correctional Facility for Women at Lowell, Keeping the Faith Residency Activities, Lowell, Florida
1992 Massachusetts Correctional Institution for Women at Framingham, Keeping the Faith Residency Activities, Framingham, Massachusetts

Selected Faculty/Guest Artist Positions
2006 NOW Magazine Overkill Award, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada.
‘They Wakened Later, Simultaneously, Much Refreshed’
1998, '92, '90. '89 The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
1987-97 Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington

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