Patricia Beaman is an Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University and an Adjunct in Dance History at NewYork University’s Open Arts program. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Dance History from the Gallatin School of NYU. As a long-time member of Catherine Turocy’s New York Baroque Dance Company, she toured throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Europe, appearing in numerous dance programs and opera-ballets with the company. She has also been a guest artist with Ars Antiqua, Louis Louis, Brooklyn Friends Ensemble, and Sinfonia NY. Ms. Beaman has choreographed for French historical plays by Molière and Beaumarché, for Italian Commedia dell'arte, and for her own neo-baroque works, The Narcoleptic Countess and The Seven Deadly Sins. An ongoing project has been the reconstruction and performance of theatrical passacailles from 18th century notation with coaching by Ms. Turocy, Deda Cristina Colonna in Italy, as well as Alan Tjaarda Jones and Ann Jacoby in France. Ms. Beaman’s solo triptych, Goddess/Siren/Monster, features her neo-baroque staging of the passacailles of Venus, Armide, and Scylla, and has been presented in Avignon, France, Wesleyan University, the Mark Morris Dance Theater, and the Soaking Wet Festival in NYC. In addition to her work in Baroque dance, Ms. Beaman has also choreographed and performed contemporary dance and taught contemporary partnering in the United States and Europe. She received a Mellon grant to reconstruct choreographer Yvonne Rainer's Trio A and Chair/Pillow, Postmodern works from the Judson Church era, and recently appeared in David Michalek’s film, Slow Dancing Trio A.
Ms. Beaman is the author of World Dance Cultures:From Ritual to Spectacle (Routledge Press, 2017).
She was a Fellow at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts in 2018.