About The Pat Graney Company
Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney received many Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as from Artist Trust, the Washington State Arts Commission, the NEA International Program, National Corporate Fund for Dance and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008, Ms. Graney was awarded both the Alpert Award and a US Artists Award in Dance.
In 2011 Ms. Graney was the recipient of the ‘Arts Innovator’ Award from Artist Trust and the Chihuly Foundation. In 2013 Ms. Graney was one of 20 Americans to receive a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.
In 1981, Ms. Graney’s first full-evening of work called ‘go red go red, laugh white,’ was set to the writing of Gertrude Stein. She made more work to Stein’s writing as well as that of Julio Cortazar and Raymond Carver. In 1986, Graney worked with music combined with American Sign Language to create Colleen Ann, a work commissioned for the French/American Dance Exchange in 1986.
In 1987 she created a work for 7 gymnasts on 7 sets of uneven parallel bars, (7/Uneven) and in 1988 created an original work for Pacific NW Ballet. Seven/Uneven toured to the Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center and Glasgow’s MayFest in 1990. In 1991, Ms. Graney began the creation of a body of work related to women with Faith (1991), Sleep (1995), and Tattoo (2001). In 1994, Graney created the full evening work Vivaldi, choreographed 150 gymnasts for the Goodwill Games, and worked with 130 female martial artists for the Movement Meditation Project in 1996. Following the 12 city national tour of Tattoo, Graney created the Vivian girls with music by Martin Hayes & Amy Denio. In 2008 Graney created House of Mind, an installation performance work set in a 5000 square foot raw space featuring an eighteen-foot high wall containing 4000 miniatures and a wall of 100,000 buttons with water flowing over it, among other things.
In 1995 Ms. Graney developed the program Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project (KTF). In 2001, KTF became a National Model program for 3 other U.S. Prison Arts Programs; The Journey Home, Estrella Jail/Phoenix, AZ, Inside/Outside, Rivercity Corrections Center/Cincinnati, OH & ArtSpring/Florida. KTF has been offered internationally in Japan, Brazil, Germany & Ireland. Keeping the Faith is one of the longest-running prison arts programs in the US, and 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of offering the program in Washington state.
The Company’s newest work, girl gods, is currently in process and will premiere at both On the Boards and the Frye Art Museum in the Fall of 2015. With National Dance Project Production and Touring support, the work will tour nationally & internationally through 2016.