18/19 Artist-in-Residence: Pat Graney

Photo: Naomi Ishisaka

Pat Graney is an 18/19 Season Artist-in-Residence. Learn more about this program

Join us on Saturday, March 16 at 3:30 pm for an in-progress showing of Pat Graney's current project, ATTIC. Learn more

The third part of the House of Mind Trilogy, ATTIC, follows Girl Gods, which was the ‘basement’ of the House, and was about women and rage. The first work, House of Mind, was a large-scale installation with performance at its center. ATTIC is the top of the house and will explore visions of violence, beauty, and the Afterlife.

ATTIC investigates rape culture. The sexual assault of young women and their often-downward spiral into destruction and suicide threads throughout the work. In ATTIC, the movement is based on falling, almost hitting the floor, but regaining balance. The visual environment will be stark, disheveled and dark—on top of which will be large bright areas. This environment alludes to the ‘afterlife,’ in which the survivor imagines safety and relief.

— Pat Graney


Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney has received Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as from Artist Trust, the Washington State Arts Commission, the NEA International Program, National Corporate Fund for Dance and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 2008, Ms. Graney was awarded both the Alpert Award and a US Artists Award in Dance. She has received an ‘Arts Innovator’ Award from Artist Trust. In 2013 Ms. Graney was one of 20 Americans to receive a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In 2017, Ms. Graney was selected as one of 8 individuals to receive the ‘Crosscut Courage Award’ from KCTS Public Television for her 25 years of working with women in prison.