As part of its Quinceañera, a 15th-anniversary celebration, Women & Their Work presented The Pat Graney Company for two performances, January 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. at U.T.’s McCullough Theater on East Campus Drive.
Pat Graney’s dance work is known for its highly physical athleticism, inventiveness and humor. The Pat Graney Company performed “Faith”, a full-length work which explored the ways women have historically been viewed in society and suggested ways for spiritual growth and healing. The Seattle Times called “Faith” “the kind of work upon which reputations of genius are built.” Graney and her Seattle based company have toured throughout the United States including the Serious Fun! Festival at Lincoln Center and to Japan, London, and Glasgow.
Chris Cowden, Director of Women & Their Work stated, “Pat Graney’s “Faith” will be a significant part of our Quinceañera festival. By focusing on women and the role of women in the disciplines of dance and visual art, Women & Their Work hopes to raise public awareness of both the quality of work created by women and the culturally created lens through which women and their art are often viewed.”
The visual inspirations of this work included the religious paintings of Caravaggio, the animation work of Zbignew Rybcznski, contemporary women’s fashions and Michelangelo’s paintings from the Sistine Chapel. The writings of Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett of Shasta Abbey also formed many of the internal ideas of the work.