In addition to our resident choreographers, Jenn Wolfe, Jaci Mullins, Lea Thomas and Liz Coulston, Patchwork Dance Company regularly hosts residencies of guest artists to enrich the talents and repertoire of the company. Residencies and choreography have included Greg Begley, Julie Cartier, Lyn Cramer, Randy Duncan, Matt Farmer, Winifred Haun, Cheryl McWorter, Jeremy Plummer, Donna Ziegler and others.
Julie Cartier, artistic director of Chicago-based company, Cartier and Company has performed and choreographed and performed internationally and throughout the US. Ms. Cartier was recognized with the Artistic Achievement Award from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.
In high demand for her choreography, Ms. Ziegler has choreographed several audience-pleasing pieces for Patchwork. Her choreography ranges from upbeat and quirky to engaging and powerful. Originally from Australia, Ms. Ziegler’s now teaches and choreographs in Chicago.
“Hard Times” is a powerful dance by Ms. Ziegler, set on five dancers to the music “Hard Times Come Again No More,” sung by Mary J. Blige. “Hard Times” is an American parlor song written by Stephen Foster. Well-known and popular in its day, the song asks the fortunate to consider the plight of the less fortunate. This emotional dance showcases the strength and technical abilities of the dancers.
During a recent residency, Julie Cartier of Chicago set a new piece of choreography on the Patchwork dancers. “Lucky Strike” is a high-energy work set on five dancers. Ms. Cartier is a frequent choreographic contributor to the Patchwork repertoire. A noted performer and choreographer, Ms. Cartier has been recognized with the Artistic Achievement award from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. She has performed and taught extensively throughout the US and Europe and is founder and artistic director of Chicago based Cartier and Company.