Thea Patterson

Thea Patterson is a Montréal and Edmonton based choreographer, performer, and dance dramaturg. Her performance practice revolves around an acute set of questions regarding the body, objects, perception, vitality, and time. Her early choreographic works include Rhyming Couplets (08), and A Soft Place to Fall (06) (which was made into a BravoFact film) and the dance I cannot do (2013). An interest in collaborative models then led to the co-founding of the collective The Choreographers (2007-2011) who went on to make several works together. From 2007 to 2015 she was dramaturg, and co-artistic director with Peter Trosztmer on seven acclaimed works, including Eesti: Myths and Machines (2011) and #Boxtape (2014). She has also provided dramaturgy for several independent choreographers including Katie Ward, Sasha Kleinplatz, Andrew Turner, Lois Brown and Nathan Yaffe. From 2014-16 she completed a Research Creation Master’s degree at DAS Choreography in Amsterdam which explored emergent choreographic forms, and other methods for altering aspects of spectatorship. Thea has several ongoing collaborations, as a dramaturg, and collaborator, choreographer and performer in Montréal, Portugal, Edmonton, and Newfoundland. Her most recent work Silvering (2020) was presented at Mile Zero Dance in Edmonton. As well, she is a SSHRC funded PhD student in Performance Studies at the University of Alberta and from 2019-2021 was Co-editor-in-chief of Intonations, an online Graduate run journal.

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