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Photo by Chris Taggart


'Deerdance', Patti Bradshaw
Photo by Sarah Wells

Artifice as Ruse:

Patti Bradshaw makes new theater works of imagined lives of poets, shifting episodic images taken from nature, and the subject of a legendary photograph among other inspirations. Her shows employ puppets, elaborate costume, dance, original text, video and performing objects in collaboration with skilled performers of all disciplines. Visual charm, emotional impact, and metaphysical oddity combine to capture the humor, loneliness and piquancy of human circumstance.

Bradshaw has performed as a puppeteer in the works of Chris Maresca and Charles Allcroft. Before making object theater she was a dancer and choreographer. In addition to making her own dances she danced with the Celeste Hastings’ Butoh Rockettes, was a founding member of Pepatian along with Merian Soto and Pepon Osorio, and danced for choreographers Nadine Helstroffer, Valerie Striar, Renata Celichowska, Shiro Kondo and for Poppo and the GoGo Boys, among others.  She was a member of the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab 2004-2009. Her object theater work has been seen in New York at St. Ann’s Warehouse, the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Sarah Lawrence College, Dance Theater Workshop, and Judson Church among other venues. She has received support from the Jim Henson Foundation, Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival, the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center, and was the 2011 Barbara Bray Ketchum artist-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence College, and a 2016 artist-in-residence at Brooklyn Studios for Dance.

  Photo (above): Richard Termine
      Copyright Patti Bradshaw 2017