Photo by Chris Macke

Photo by Chris Macke

 

Originally from Germany, dancer and choreographer Patricia Seto-Weiss received her Artist Diploma in dance performance and pedagogy from Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich. While still a student, Patricia made her professional debut in the Bavarian State Opera's production of Verdi's Falstaff. Upon graduation, she continued her studies at The Ailey School in New York City.

Patricia served as Artistic Director and Choreographer of VQ Dance Productions, Inc., from 2008 to 2010, where her projects included a two-hour contemporary ballet inspired by the novel Voodoo Dreams by Jewell Parker Rhodes. She has also choreographed numerous operas, including the western hemisphere premiere of J. A. Hasse's Alcide al bivio at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, and productions at the Juilliard School and The Ailey Citigroup Theater.

 Photo by Nina Jungbeck

Photo by Nina Jungbeck

Patricia is a passionate ballet teacher and is currently Visiting Lecturer in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program at Brown University.  In addition to her work at Brown, she is on faculty at New Haven Ballet and Chrystie Street Ballet Academy. After starting her teaching career as a ballet faculty assistant at Ballet Tech, she initiated and taught the Teen Ballet Series at The Ailey Extension under its former director, Yvette Campbell. Patricia also served as the staff coordinator at The Ailey Extension, where she hired, trained, and managed a staff of more than fifty volunteers.

Patricia's dance collaborations with visual artists Annegret Hoch and Susanne Thiemann sparked an interest in art and architectural history. She has worked on a variety of art historical ventures including digital media projects for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia.

In August 2018, Patricia was a guest speaker at Roche Continents in Salzburg, where students from universities throughout Europe met to explore sources of inspiration at the intersection between arts and science.