American choreographer based in Austin
Gina Patterson has performed on the world’s stages since she was sixteen, touring Europe with the Pittsburgh Opera. Ms. Patterson first danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and during the following twenty-one years, became known as a consummate performer. She joined Ballet Austin in 1988, dancing principal roles ranging from Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, to Desdemona in John Butler’s Othello. She originated many roles in works by Stephen Mills and Lambros Lambrou. In 1996, she was invited to join Ballet Florida, and danced a diverse repertoire including works by Vicente Nebrada, Ben Stevenson, Peter Martins, Val Caniparoli, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Mauricio Wainrot, Norbert Vesak, Daniel Ezralow, Sean Lavery, and Trey McIntyre. She has performed in Canada, Iceland, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and France. She has also appeared as a guest artist around the US and has performed in the Joyce Theater, at Lincoln Center, and at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Patterson returned to Ballet Austin in 2000 and continued to perform principal roles such as Giselle, Kitri, Juliet, Odette/Odile and Ophelia partnered by Desmond Richardson in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet as well as repertoire works by Mills, George Balanchine, David Nixon, David Parsons, Dwight Rhoden, Thaddeus Davis, and Ulysses Dove. Leaving Ballet Austin in 2008, she is now working as a freelance dance artist. Ms. Patterson has been hailed as a choreographer of “startling originality” (Back Stage) and “a standout on the soulful front” (Sun-Sentinel). Her first work, Insideout, garnered her instant acclaim. It was taken into the repertoires of Ballet Florida and Ballet Austin and was presented by both Ballet Builders and at the Fifth International Dance Festival in Miami. She was awarded the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for Choreography for Life Wind, the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreographer for Trail of Tears: Walking the Choctaw Road, and has presented four pieces at the Ballet Builder's Showcase in New York. Free to Fly was presented at the Festival Internazionale Abano Danza in Italy and at the Ljubljana Summer Festival in Slovenia. She created Liquid Eyes for Hubbard Street 2, winning their 2005 National Choreographic Competition. Ms. Patterson participated in the National Choreographic Initiative in California and has created original works for Ballet Austin, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Florida, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet, DanceWorks Chicago, Ballet Pacifica, Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Austin II, Ballet East, Montana Ballet, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. She has had the honor of intimate artistic partnerships with internationally renowned artists. Among others, costume and set designer Jorge Gallardo, and Tony Tucci, lighting designer, are her frequent collaborators. Ms. Patterson’s willingness to embrace a wide range of musical style, dance, other art forms, different cultures, and human behaviors, provides her an infinite palette from which to create.