Gina Patterson has been hailed as a choreographer of “startling originality” (Backstage Magazine) and “a standout on the soulful front” (Sun-Sentinel). Renowned Chicago arts critic Richard Christiansen said of her work “I got a strong jolt of engaging creativity that took me by surprise and made me want more.” and Cincinnati.com wrote “…she has somehow harnessed breath itself; gasping, panting, sighing. It is an endless series of surprises.”
During her long career as a principal artist, Ms. Patterson was known as a versatile, consummate performer, dancing with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, Ballet Florida, and as a guest artist around the world. Her passionate dedication to a lifetime in the arts has given her extensive experience in all aspects of the field.
Ms. Patterson has created over 90 original works, including 11 full-evening productions, winning international acclaim and such honors as the Choo San Goh Award, a nomination for an Isadora Duncan Award, the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition, New Choreographers on Pointe, and the National Choreographic Initiative. Her works appear in the repertoire of more than 20 companies including VOICE, Nashville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Richmond Ballet, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet, and DanceWorks Chicago and have been presented internationally in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Spain. Original creations, the Emmy-winning Liquid Roads for MADCO, and her contemporary adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for CoDa21, continue to tour domestically and internationally.
Ms. Patterson continues to educate through technique classes, creativity workshops and multidisciplinary collaboration with young artists of all ages working with Arts Umbrella Vancouver, Interlochen Arts Academy, Point Park University, Goucher College, the University of Iowa, and Ballet San Angelo among others. Since 2009, she has been the artistic director of VOICE, and continues to inspire through her work as a choreographer, leader, educator, and creative artist. Her recent work responding to the current political and social climate illustrates the importance of interconnection with our land and each other. An advocate for empathy and compassion in our disconnected world, she continues to navigate this world through her art.
Awards and Recognition
2015 Choregrapher of EMMY - winning Liquid Roads
2013 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography (nomination)
2002 Choo San Goh Award for Choreography - given by the Choo San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation
B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreographer - given by the Austin Circle of Theaters
2005 National Choreographic Competition - Hubbard Street 2
1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009 Ballet Builders - New Choreographers On Point
2006 National Choreographic Initiative - Irvine, California
Austin Chronicle Top Ten Dance Events in 2006 - Gina Patterson and Eric Midgley for performance and choreography
Austin Critics Table Award for Best Dancer - multiple years
Jackson International Ballet Competition - Selected for US team and awarded scholarships