Patrick Quinn // PQDANCE

Patrick Quinn, photo by Erik Almeida

Patrick Quinn’s MUST GO ON is an outrageous, tongue-in-cheek slapstick-misadventure tour-de-farce. It’s also an experiment in and a testament to queer resilience and survival in an increasingly hostile, isolating, and exhausting world.

Patrick Quinn is a Brooklyn-based queer choreographer, director, dancer, computer scientist, and glitter-bearded butterfly creature. After spending the first two decades of his life painfully unaware of the beautiful and complex expression possible only through dance, he saw Martha Graham’s “Steps in the Street” and discovered an urgent and unstoppable internal desire to make and perform dance. In the eleven years since, he has created and performed in more than thirty dance pieces of his own devising, none of which have even partially satisfied his dance-making compulsions.

In his work, Patrick analyzes traumatic narratives and the cultural impetus behind them in order to transform those narratives into interrogations of queer life and queer relationships, often walking a fine line between humorous and devastating. His work has been shown at venues like Dixon Place, The WOW Café Theatre, The Actors Fund Arts Center, The Mark Morris Dance Center, Carmel Valley Ranch (Carmel, CA) and The Loeb Mainstage (Cambridge, MA).