Rebecca Patek is a New York-based choreographer and performance artist creating work that synthesizes dance, theater and comedy. Patek is an inaugural recipient of The Award. She is a 2014 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant recipient as well as a 2014 Queer Art Mentorship Fellow. Patek has been an Artist in Residence at Movement Research, Atlantic Center for the Arts and at Dance Theater Workshop(New York Live Arts) as part of Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program.
Patek’s work has been presented at The Kitchen, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, Triple Canopy, Prelude Festival, The Joyce Soho, Dixon Place, Mulberry Street Theatre, The Tank, Aunts, Triskelion Arts, The Overture Center, and Studio 303, among other venues. Works commissioned in 2012-14 include “you and i of the storm” for the Museum of Arts and Design, “Real Eyes” for The Chocolate Factory Theater and ineter(a)nal f/ear as part of Festival TBD: Emergency Glitter and American Realness at Abrons Art Center.
I am interested in reclaiming elements of performance that are considered wrong, awkward, uncomfortable, overlooked and that are frequently dismissed. Using satire I incorporate the marginalized facets of performance, making them the central focus of the work. The un-choreographed events in the performance environment: inter-relational dynamics both onstage and between performer and audience, power dynamics, emotional subtext, things that are felt but not publicly acknowledged. I am interested in discomfort and embarrassment of the performer. Situations onstage which create an emotional conflict that is funny and absurd, but also frightening or disturbing.