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April 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Seattle choreographer Pat Graney wins big (big!) Doris Duke award

Pat Graney, founder of the Pat Graney Dance Company, is one of 20 artists who will receive a 2013 Doris Duke Artists Award, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced. These awards are major: Graney will receive an unrestricted, multiyear cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $25,000 more in  support for audience development and as much as $25,000 more for personal reserves or “creative exploration during what are commonly retirement years for most Americans.”

Along with creating groundbreaking dance that combines disciplines and explores female power, Graney and her company have worked with incarcerated women and have started working with teens in the Seattle schools who have been trafficked. Her three-part series of dances, “Faith” (1991), “Sleep” (1995) and “Tattoo” (2001) were re-mounted in 2010 at On the Boards to wide acclaim. She’s also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA choreographic fellowship, has been named a United States Artist Fellow and received a local Arts Innovator Award.

A complete list of artists here.

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