Movers & Shapers: Pat Catterson

By August 15, 2018Podcast



Pat Catterson


Release Date: 8.14.18


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Pat Catterson’s parents were a ballroom dancing team and her paternal grandfather a Vaudevillian tap dancer. Born in Indianapolis, she has been a NYC based artist for fifty years presenting her first full evening at Judson Church in 1970. Since then, she has choreographed 110 works, receiving many accolades including a 2011 Solomon R. Guggenheim Choreography Fellowship and multiple Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the CAPS Grants and the Harkness Foundation, as well as a Fulbright Commission. A dedicated educator, she has been on the faculties at Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, the Juilliard School, and the Merce Cunningham Studio, among many others. For twenty years she taught her own tap classes in NYC and has been a guest artist all over the US and in Europe, most recently at the Kalamata Dance Festival in Greece and at Centre national de danse contemporaine in Angers France. Her writing has been published in Ballet Review, JOPERD, Attitude Magazine, Dance Magazine Online, the Getty Iris, and the Dance Research Journal. She first performed Yvonne Rainer’s work in 1969 and since 1999 has worked as her dancer, rehearsal assistant, as well as custodian of Rainer’s early works, touring nationally and internationally. In the past year she staged three Rainer works on the Stephen Petronio Company and this last May staged three others on four dancers for the Dublin Dance Festival at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She earned her BA in psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Her latest dance works have been “Artifice,” a consideration of the act of performing performed by eight dancers and five surprise performers premeiered at Triskelion, “NOW. “, an installation/performance/event that paired her eight NYC dancers with those in nine other countries dancing live together via Skype projection, and her current work, “Project 111: 12 by 6,” a series of solos for six different dancers created from the same base of twelve movement phrases. Rather than in a live performance, it will be “premiered” online this summer via various platforms.





Northwestern University

Judy Scott

American Dance Festival

Bessie Schonberg

Martha Myers

Clark Center NYC

Yvonne Rainer

Jamie Cunningham

Trio A

Al Carmines 

Douglas Dunn

Grand Union

Viola Farber

Charles “Honi” Coles

Deborah Jowitt

Dance Theater Workshop

David White

Marcia Seigel

Sarah Lawrence Dance

John Jasperse

Allison Easter

Jennifer Monson

Liz Keen


Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at

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