Why Dance Matters: Politics, Race, Class
World Dance Cultures
Patricia Beaman--a Baroque, Neo-Baroque, and contemporary dancer--is on the faculties of NYU’s Tisch Open Arts and Wesleyan University. As a member of the New York Baroque Dance Company, she has toured throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and has appeared as a guest artist with numerous early music ensembles. Ms. Beaman has choreographed for French historical plays such as Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, as well as Italian Commedia dell’arte productions. Her Neo-Baroque works include Goddess, Siren, Monster; Women of Myth, Unleashed; The Narcoleptic Countess; and The Seven Deadly Sins. Receiving a Mellon grant to reconstruct choreographer Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and Chair/Pillow inspired her research in juxtaposing formulaic similarities between 18th century French theatrical dances and analytic Postmodern dance of the 1960s. She was a Resident Fellow in 2017 at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, and is the author of World Dance Cultures: from Ritual to Spectacle.