Patti Bradshaw and Valerie Striar

Patti Bradshaw and Valerie Striar

Patti Bradshaw and Valerie Striar

Flowers in Space is a solo conceived and directed by Patti Bradshaw and performed by Valerie Striar. Inspired by the painter and poet Florine Stettheimer, the work draws on Bradshaw’s background in puppetry and choreography to create an evocative portrait of the shy and idiosyncratic early 20th century artist.

Patti Bradshaw, director, puppet artist, and choreographer. In 2014 she premiered a collaborative work with Marie-Helene Brabant at the Performance Mix Festival. Her work was presented at the 2011 Harkness Dance Festival at the 92nd Street Y. She was awarded a 2011 Project Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. She was a multiyear member of the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab, for which she premiered three original puppetry works. She was the recipient of the Barbara Bray Ketchum artist-in-residency award at Sarah Lawrence College in 2011. Currently she has an artist’s residency at Brooklyn Studios for Dance where she will premiere a new installation and movement theater work in May 2016.

Website: www.pattibradshaw.com

Valerie Striar creates interdisciplinary solo and group works. In New York, her creations have been presented by the Wax Performing Space, Judson Church, and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Kitchen, the DIA Center, Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, the Ohio Theater, and The Vineyard Theater. Striar’s film The Bird Queen was shown in the Dance on Camera Festival at Anthology Film Archives. Her work Cosimo, inspired by Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees, was produced by La Mama E.T.C. and HERE and is written about in the book A Map of Making Dances by Stuart Hodes. Striar presented Marguerite and Robert in New York at the Performance Mix Festival, at The Flea Theater in 2013, and at The University Settlement House, in 2014. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow.

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