Patricia Beatty

(b. 1936)

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(b Toronto, 13 May 1936)

Canadian dancer, choreographer, artistic director, and writer. She studied ballet with Gladys Forrester and Gweneth Lloyd in Toronto, and graduated from Bennington College in 1959. She studied modern dance at the Connecticut College Summer School, the José Limón School, and the Martha Graham School. She danced with Mary Anthony Dance Company (1959–60) and Pearl Lang Dance Company (1960–5). In 1965 she returned to Canada and opened a school. In 1967, drawing on the students she had trained, she founded the New Dance Group of Canada and in 1968 she co-founded (with David Earle and Peter Randazzo) Toronto Dance Theatre and its school. Most of her choreography has been for Toronto Dance Theatre. Her work is distinguished by its visual impact and the seriousness of its themes. Her later pieces are dedicated to exploring the power of the feminine in nature and the idea of the goddess in myth and religion. She retired from performing in 1983 and in 1993 gave up her position as resident choreographer of Toronto Dance Theatre. A list of her works includes Against Sleep (mus. Southam, 1968), First Music (mus. Ives, 1970), Seastill (mus. Southam, 1979), Raptures and Ravings (mus. Robert Daigneault, 1983), Emerging Ground (mus. Southam, 1983), Mandala (1992), Gaia (mus. Sharon Smith, 1993), Garden of Origins (mus. David Akal Jaggs, 1993), and Assara (mus. Sharon Smith, 1997).

Subjects: Dance.

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