It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of Performance Mix Festivals #31 (Infinite Corridor) and #36 (Meeting the Moai: Head Over Heels.) In both instances, the artists were made to feel welcomed and truly celebrated for their work, as reflected by attention to publicity, technical needs, and convivial gatherings. This festival truly practices diversity, equity, and inclusion, as manifested in their roster of performing artists each year. Big thanks to New Dance Alliance, Karen Bernard, and the entire Performance Mix Festival team who make it such a fulfilling and joyful experience for artists and audiences alike.
Rebecca Patek creates performance that is a synthesis of dance, theater and comedy. Currently she is a 2011 Movement Research Artist in Residence. She was a 2010-11 Artist in Residence at Dance Theater Workshop as part of the Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program. Beginning her artistic life training in classical ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she moved on to receive her BFA degree with honors in Dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Her work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dixon Place, Mulberry St. Theatre, The Tank, Aunts, Triskelion Arts, The LoFt, 14 Karat Cabaret, Studio 34, Fidget, The Overture Center (Madison WI), Brickyard Pond (NH), and Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, among others. In 2008 she worked with Master Artist Susan Marshall as Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Patek’s film collaboration, The Princess and The Vagicorn, was shown as part of Philadelphia Dance Project’s Motion Pictures 2009. She has collaborated with performers in Denmark in Live Arts Installations and Half Machine, and performed for numerous artists and choreographers including Katsura Kan, Tania Isaac, Bill T Jones, Laura Peterson, and Brigitta Herrmann.