Patricia Beaman is a Visiting Associate Arts Artist at New York University’s Tisch Dance. As a longtime member of the New York Baroque Dance Company, she toured throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and performed in over fifteen opera-ballets with the company. She has appeared as a guest artist with numerous early music ensembles, including Ars Antiqua, Louis Louis, and Sinfonia NY. Ms. Beaman has choreographed for French and English historical plays, as well as for Italian commedia dell’arte. By reconstructing theatrical dances from 18th century notation, Ms. Beaman embarked on a Neo-Baroque staging of the passacailles of Venus, Armide, and Scylla in her solo triptych, Goddess, Siren, Monster, which has been performed at Wesleyan, in New York City, Toronto, and Avignon, France. As Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, she produced other Neo-Baroque works, including The Narcoleptic Countess, Medea, and The Seven Deadly Sins. In addition to her work in historical dance, Ms. Beaman has also performed, choreographed, and taught contemporary dance in the United States and Europe. She received a Mellon grant to reconstruct choreographer Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and Chair/Pillow, which inspired her research in juxtaposing formulaic similarities between 18th century French theatrical dances and analytic Postmodern dance of the 1960s. Her dance articles have appeared in Dance Research Journal, The NY State Encyclopedia of the Arts, and The Book of Knowledge. She is the author of World Dance Cultures: From Ritual to Spectacle (Routledge Press, 2017).
Longtime member of the New Yortk Baroque Dance Company
Author of World Dance Cultures: From Ritual to Specacle